Helping to save lives

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A dedicated blood donor from Driffield has been recognised for rolling up his sleeves to help save lives.

John Gatenby has been rewarded for his commitment to helping hospital patients.

Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people so if a donor has given blood 75 times they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 225 patients in local hospitals through donating blood.

He was honoured at an awards ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).

The 58-year-old was presented with a crystal plate after reaching the wonderful milestone of 75 donations. The farmer has been giving blood for 39 years.

He said: “Peer pressure at university prompted me to start giving blood, a ransom for the college mascot. A sense of duty to others and the biscuits have kept me giving. You never know when you might need some blood.”

The ceremony took place at the Royal York Hotel.