Clitheroe man honoured for 100 blood donations

Blood donors celebrate their life-saving achievements - back row, Alan Fowler, John Bennett and Ronald Sharples and front row, Eileen Aldwinckle and Sheila Hodgkinson
Blood donors celebrate their life-saving achievements - back row, Alan Fowler, John Bennett and Ronald Sharples and front row, Eileen Aldwinckle and Sheila Hodgkinson

A blood donor from Clitheroe was among a group of five local donors recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.

If a donor has given blood 100 times they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 300 patients in local hospitals through donating blood.

One such donor is John Bennett, of Clitheroe, who was honoured for his dedication at an awards ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant.

John, together with Sheila Hodgkinson and Ronald Sharples, both from Blackburn, received a crystal award for an amazing 100 donations. Only one per cent of all blood donors reach this remarkable milestone, so it really is an outstanding achievement.

Two other donors, Alan Fowler and Eileen Aldwinckle, both from Blackburn, were presented with a crystal award after reaching the wonderful milestone of 75 donations. Mrs Aldwinckle also picked up a 75th donation award on behalf of her late husband, Bill, who reached the milestone before his death in 2010 but never received his award.

These five local donors were joined by others from across Cumbria and Lancashire, with around 40 donors in total being recognised for their dedication over many years.

Barbara Blanche, 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.

“Summer is the time of year that everyone looks forward to. The longer days, warmer weather and the plethora of outdoor events puts everyone in a good mood. But with some people jetting off to exotic countries, we like to encourage eligible donors to donate before their holiday, rather than afterwards, to ensure that the blood stocks are kept healthy.”

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 past two years.

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or for more information about donating blood visit www.blood.co.uk