Donating days are over
RETIREMENT is usually seen as a happy time in a person’s life, but not for Allan Upston.
At 81 years old, the Ballajura resident has reached the age limit of being eligible to donate blood.
“I miss it very much. I’m used to going every two weeks to give plasma,” he said.
Mr Upston started donating when he was about 18 and working in coal mines in New Zealand.
“People were often getting hurt out there,” he said.
“There was a big necessity for blood in those days.”
He was happy to continue donating when he moved to Australia.
“As soon as I got here, my donations carried forward,” he said.
Mr Upston visited the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre last month to give his 535th and last donation. Joining him to donate were his son-in-law Kevin Banks and granddaughters Shanae and Sarah Banks, of Gnangara.
It was Shanae’s first donation, while Kevin “had not been in a long time”.
He said they would now all be regular donors.
“I’ll be on their tail all the time,” he said.
Mr Upston said he was happy to encourage others to roll up their sleeves.
“You just have to see all the good it does,” he said.
“It doesn’t take much time out of your life to donate on a regular basis.” Tyler Brown
Allan Upston with enrolled nurse Wendy Ryder, his son-in-law Kevin Banks and granddaughters Shanae and Sarah Banks.