Welsh Blood Service celebrates St. David’s Day with some of its favourite ‘Welshisms’

Ahead of St.David’s Day celebrations on March 1 in honour of the Patron Saint of Wales, the Welsh Blood Service has put together a guide to giving blood using their favourite ‘Welshism’ with some help from its social media followers. Here’s what you need to know:

“Where you to”?

The Welsh Blood Service has been an ‘all-Wales’ service since May 2015. In total there are 423 clinic location across Wales.

To find a clinic in your area, visit: www.welshblood.org.uk or call 0800 25 26 66.

“I’ll be there in a minute now”.

  Last year donors spent a total of 890,040 minutes donating blood. You’ll only be giving blood for five to ten minutes, but you might want to put aside up to an hour from the time you arrive to the time you leave.

If it’s your first time giving blood completing our online enrolment form can help speed up the process.

“I’m only a dwt!”.

  You have to be over 16 and weigh over 7st 12lb (50kg) to donate. For ladies under 20 additional rules apply.

There are some other reasons you may not be able to give blood click here to use our handy online eligibility tracker.

“Relax with a well-earned cuppa. Tidy!”

  We won’t leave you empty handed after giving blood, have a cuppa and a biscuit (or two) before you go.

It’ll take a few hours for your body to replace the fluid part of your donation, and the red cells will usually repalce themselves within a few weeks. Male donors are eligible to donate again after 12 weeks and female donors can donate after 16 weeks (but cannot make more than three donations a year).


“I’ll tell you for why”.

  Only three per cent of the eligible people living in Wales give blood. We always need blood to help saves lives and improve health of patients across Wales.

Blood can be used for many reasons including: supporting mothers during childbirth, for people in emergencies, and for patients undergoing cancer treatments. You can find stories like Ryan’s, a young boy who depends on our donors for regular blood transfusions.

Before you put your leek or daffodil on this March 1st, consider helping someone in Wales just like Ryan, by booking to give blood. Visit: www.welshblood.org.uk or call 0800 25 26 66 today.