Donor Peter a bottler

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

BINDOON res­i­dent Peter Bar­ton is be­ing recog­nised for saving more than 600 lives through donat­ing his blood.

Mr Bar­ton, who has do­nated over 200 times and around 95 litres of blood, has been donat­ing since 1968.

He said watch­ing his fa­ther, who was a reg­u­lar donor, in­spired him to do­nate.

“Know­ing you have saved lives by just donat­ing blood, is an amaz­ing feel­ing,” he said.

“I have good health and have the op­por­tu­nity to give blood and it’s some­thing I can do to give back to my com­mu­nity.”

Mr Bar­ton do­nates plasma and platelets ev­ery five weeks at the Perth Blood Donor Cen­tre. He said now his daugh­ter had fol­lowed in his foot­steps in be­com­ing a reg­u­lar donor.

“I would rec­om­mend any­one who can do­nate blood to do it – it’s a great feel­ing and some­thing that is so sim­ple, but can make such a dif­fer­ence to some­one else,” he said.

“Make time – one in three peo­ple need blood and only one in 30 give blood.”

Na­tional Blood Donor Week is from June 11-17, which recog­nises the peo­ple who save lives through blood do­na­tion. The week-long an­nual event also raises aware­ness for the need for more blood donors.

Blood ser­vice spokes­woman Jessica Wil­let said she hoped peo­ple would be in­spired this week to do­nate blood. To be­come a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit do­nate­blood.com.au

Pic­ture: Jess Wil­let

Peter Bar­ton has given more than 200 blood do­na­tions.

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