World Blood Donor Day

World Blood Donor Day encourages donors to give blood before emergencies arise.

On Wednesday 14th June, countries all around the world will celebrate World Blood Donor Day, and the Welsh Blood Service are encouraging donors to give blood regularly.

World Blood Donor Day serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their lifesaving gifts of blood.

This year, the day focuses on blood donations in emergencies. When a crisis arises, everybody wants to help make a difference, and by donating blood regularly you can help to keep blood stock levels sufficient before an emergency arises.

Cath O’Brien, Director at the Welsh Blood Service, said: “It’s important that our donors give regularly and give often in order to strengthen the emergency preparedness of our hospitals across Wales.”

“This World Blood Donor Day we aim to build wider public awareness of the need for committed, year-round blood donation, in order to maintain adequate supplies and achieve a national self-sufficiency of blood.”