450 chances to save lives

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PAUL New­combe’s new­born son was barely out of the womb when he needed all of his blood re­moved and re­placed with that from a donor.

The Thorn­lie res­i­dent was able to give the blood his new baby needed but soon found him­self re­turn­ing to the dona­tion cen­tre again and again as he tried to help oth­ers like his son.

Since then he has made 450 dona­tions to help more than 1350 lives and the baby boy who started it all has grown up and gone on to do­nate more than 220 times him­self.

Mr New­combe said he liked the idea of giv­ing some­thing to help the sick .

“There is al­ways a need and I can do it, so why not pay it for­ward?” he said.

“And if it wasn’t for the staff at Can­ning­ton branch and their sense of hu­mour, pro­fes­sion­al­ism and eye for de­tail it wouldn’t have the at­mos­phere it has and wouldn’t be the fun it is.

“Then there is free food – my son al­ways says he’ll shout me a cuppa and cake after­wards.”

With Na­tional Blood Donor Week run­ning un­til Septem­ber 8, Mr New­combe said he hoped oth­ers would be­come in­spired to roll up their sleeves.

“My son and I have a say­ing, ‘give the gift money can­not buy’,” he said.

“I think oth­ers should be en­cour­aged to do­nate as it is one of the only truly al­tru­is­tic things a per­son can do.

“There is no ac­tual re­ward for doing it other than the warm fuzzy feel­ing you get from doing the right thing.”

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Paul New­combe first gave blood when his new­born son needed it and has not stopped since then.

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