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Recognition for long-serving blood donors
12:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
Volunteers who have donated blood more than 700 times between them have been recognised for helping to potentially save more than 2,000 lives.
If a donor has given blood 100 times, they have helped save the lives of up to 300 patients. Those who have donated 75 times could have aided 225 people.
Five Bradford donors received a crystal award for making 100 donations each – a milestone which only one per cent of all blood donors reach – at a ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant.
They were Elaine Barnett, 51, from East Bierley and, from Bradford, Andrew Best, 56, Richard Strachan, 58, Brian Wilkinson, 69, and Stephen Ward, aged 58.
They were eight of 30 from Yorkshire recognised for their dedication.
The awards ceremony is a way of acknowledging the commitment long-serving blood donors give to saving the lives of others. It is also hoped it will encourage new donors.
Lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, Donna Batty, 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.
“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.”
Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg and in general good health can donate blood.
Call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit blood.co.uk
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