Honouring local blood donors

blood donors Back row ' Symon Bailey, 100 award, Elaine Brown (twin sister is Karen Kelso), 75 award, recipient speaker David Cooke, John Cunnington, 75 award, Raymond Fensom, 75 award.'Front row ' Karen Kelso, 75 award, Christine Pooley, 75 award, Linda Stevens 75 award and Dawn Wild, 75 award.
blood donors Back row ' Symon Bailey, 100 award, Elaine Brown (twin sister is Karen Kelso), 75 award, recipient speaker David Cooke, John Cunnington, 75 award, Raymond Fensom, 75 award.'Front row ' Karen Kelso, 75 award, Christine Pooley, 75 award, Linda Stevens 75 award and Dawn Wild, 75 award.
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Seventy-three blood donors from the East Anglia area were recognised for their dedication to blood donation after their altruistic acts meant that they had saved or improved the lives of almost 16,425 patients between them.

Blood donors from Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridge were awarded by NHS Blood and Transplant for their selflessness at an awards ceremony held recently at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds. Recipient speaker David Cooke, presented the donors with their awards.

Derek Carr, Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Some of these donors will have been donating blood for the majority of their lives. That is really impressive and when you think about the hundreds of lives that they may have saved, it shows you how inspirational these donors really are.

“We always need new blood donors to come forward, so please, if you haven’t already, make an appointment to give blood.”

Honoured with crystal awards at the ceremony, each blood donor has potentially saved the lives of up to three people with each donation they made. If a donor has given blood 100 times they may have helped save the lives of up to 300 patients.

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. Whilst we can’t collect blood in every town and village there are regular opportunities for people to attend blood donor sessions across the country.

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk