Donors awarded for life-saving gifts

Two blood donors from Pocklington have been honoured for their dedication in rolling up their sleeves and saving lives.

John Barber and Margaret Clark were both recognised at an awards ceremony at the Royal York Hotel for making such important contributions.

Mrs Clark received a crystal plate for reaching 75 donations - only three percent of donors achieve this particular milestone, and Mr Barber was awarded a decanter for having made 100 blood donations.

John, whose father was also a donor said: ‘‘I used to attend with my wife and when she stopped going I just continued.

“I think it is important to give blood as you never know when your own family members could need similar help.’’

Each donation a person makes can potentially save the lives of up to three people, so a donor who has given 75 blood donations can save the lives of up to 225 people.

Darren Bowen, lead donor relations manager for the National Blood Service thinks dedicated donors should be thanked for their support.

He said: ‘‘All our donors are special, but it is a pleasure to thank our dedicated donors in this way.

“They continue to make time to donate come rain or shine and really are the lifeblood of our service.

“We are approaching the time of year when blood stocks tend to dip, so it’s vital that people come to donate regularly to make sure that we can meet hospital demands.’’

Anyone aged over 17, weighing more than 50kg (7 stone 12 lbs) and in good general health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. For more details or to book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.