Do­nat­ing days are over

Joondalup Times - - STREET WATCH -

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

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d475322

Al­lan Up­ston with en­rolled nurse Wendy Ry­der, his son-in-law Kevin Banks and grand­daugh­ters Shanae and Sarah Banks.

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