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Generous blood donors honoured
8:38pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Local news
Dedicated donors who have given blood hundreds of times between them, have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.
The donors were honoured at an awards ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant.
Christine Smith, 61, of Burley-in-Wharfedale, received a crystal award for 500 donations.
Seven people – Christine Bland, 72, of Horsforth, Alicja Dale, Anne Dunhill, 61, of Ilkley, John Gibbon, 65, of Otley, Ella Hargreaves, John Parker, 66, of Rawdon, and Michael Martin, 52, of Ilkley – were presented with a crystal award after reaching the milestone of 75 donations.
The eight donors were joined by others from across Yorkshire, with about 50 donors being recognised for their dedication.
The awards ceremony is a way of acknowledging the commitment that long-serving blood donors give to saving the lives of others. It is also hoped it will encourage existing and new donors.
If a donor has given blood 100 times they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 300 patients in local hospitals and could have helped up to 225 people if they reach 75 donations.
Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It is amazing to see the dedication of these long-standing donors.
“They are an inspiration to us all and we hope that others will follow in their footsteps to save and improve the lives of many people.
“We are grateful to all those donors who gave blood over the summer. We appreciate not everybody was able to do so, as they may have been busy enjoying the weather, been away on holiday or given blood too recently to donate again. If you can, please book your next appointment now.
“New donors are always welcome. The more people who register and donate, the easier it is for us to tailor our sessions, so we collect just what’s needed.
“For example, if stocks of a particular blood group are falling, we have more people with that group who we can call on to donate.
“Now is as good a time as any to get your first appointment in your diaries.”
Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg (seven stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the past two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 03001 232323 or visit blood.co.uk.
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