Silent heroes have saved over 1,000 lives
Six local blood donors who have saved more than 1,000 lives between them, have been awarded by for their loyalty and commitment to blood donation.
The lifesaving efforts of 117 blood donors from across East Anglia, were honoured with crystal awards at an award ceremony NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) at Norwich City Football Club.
They included 75th recipient Mr Mervyn Baker, of Pulham Market, Diss, 100th recipient Mr Christopher Hall, of Occold, 75th recipient Mrs Dorothy Jubb, of East Harling, and 75th recipient Mr Brian Vogel, of Winfarthing.
Mr Baker said: “I started giving blood after my brother was diagnosed with cancer and I have continued giving blood so many times knowing that every donation helps. Just giving an hour of your time could help save someone’s life.”
Mrs Jubb said: “My father was a donor and so when I was old enough I went with him. I know how important it is. It’s an easy thing to so and something that could save someone’s life.”
Other awardees included 75th recipient Mr Nicholas Dann, and 75th recipient Mrs Angela Deverson, both of Attleborough.
And blood recipient Mr Chris Spinks, from Norwich, spoke at the event of his gratitude to donors after 14 units of blood helped to save his life.
With each blood donation potentially saving the lives of up to three people, a donor who has given blood 75 times could have helped save the lives of up to 225 patients. Out of the four per cent of the eligible population who give blood, only three per cent ever manage to reach 75 donations and just one per cent reach 100.
Derek Carr, lead donor relations manager for East Anglia, said: “We are proud to reward these incredible people, these silent heroes, who have rolled up their sleeves so many times over the years to help save lives.
“We need more than 1,000 new registrations every day to replace those donors who can no longer donate.”
Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. NHSBT collects approximately two million units each year from 1.4 million blood donors. The NHS needs 7,000 donations daily. Only four per cent of the eligible population are active donors. Female whole blood donors can give blood every 16 weeks, while male donors must wait 12 weeks.
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