David Davies MP was among those who answered a call to donate blood as normal during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Welsh Blood Service set up a hub in Monmouth to help collect the 350 units of platelets and vital blood products needed every day to supply Wales’ 20 hospitals.
Only three per cent of the population donate blood at present. But with support from the local community, collection day at Bridges Centre was a success.
Additional Covid safety measures have been introduced at donation sessions, social distancing guidelines are followed, all staff wear PPE and every item is cleaned between use.
Mr Davies said: “The actual act of donating blood only takes 10-15 minutes but for someone in need, that blood could last a lifetime.
“I will admit to a few nerves on arrival. However, the worst part really is filling in the forms. One small prick and 10 minutes later you can tuck into tea and biscuits.
“In under one hour, you could save up to three lives by giving blood.”
Alan Prosser, director of the Welsh Blood Service, added: “As a service, we rely on the generosity of people living in Wales to provide vital donations to patients.
“By giving up just one hour of your time, you have a unique opportunity to make a difference to people in your community and beyond.
“If you’ve never donated before, why not try something incredible this week – sign up to donate at one of the sessions in your local area and become a lifesaver.”
To find and book an upcoming session in the Monmouthshire area, visit https://wbs.wales/DavidTCDavies