Dedicated blood donors from Milton Keynes have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.
The donors were honoured at an awards event held by NHS Blood and Transplant at The Hilton London Green Park Hotel on December 6.
They are Mr Alan Samways (100 donations award, Milton Keynes); Mr Paul Swannell (75 donations award, Milton Keynes), and Mr Michael Gould (75 donations award, Olney).They were among 28 donors receiving crystal awards.
Guest speaker Justin Tepper spoke about his need for blood. Justin, 39, received two units of blood after he suffered a fractured right femur then collapsed with a broken leg and dislocated hip.
Justin said: “I like to help NHS Blood and Transplant for two reasons. Firstly, as I cannot donate blood myself it enables me to give something back. Secondly, and possibly more importantly, I enjoy talking to current or prospective donors. Not only does it give them the opportunity to see how blood donation can save lives, but it allows me to thank the donors who help hundred of people when they do this simple altruistic act.”
Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people, so these blood donors may have helped to save or improve around 6,300 lives between them.
Dominic Sutherland, lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We would like to thank these donors for their commitment and dedication. They are an inspiration to us all and we hope that others will follow in their footsteps.
If these donors have inspired you, please register to donate now, as we always need new donors. It is such a simple act, but can make a huge difference to someone in need.”
In particular, November through to the New Year is typically a challenging time for blood stocks. Hospitals in England and North Wales will need up to half a million units of blood to see them through the period. However, Christmas shopping, the party season, and the general rush together with the extended public holidays mean taking the time to donate can slip off people’s to-do list, putting pressure on blood stocks.
Anyone aged between 17 - 65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 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 last two years. For more information or to book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk