Do­nat­ing is in her blood

Canning Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HAV­ING just recorded her 400th do­na­tion, Park­wood res­i­dent Su­san Huckerby says Na­tional Blood Donor Week is a great time to start giv­ing.

SHE may give blood fort­nightly but Su­san Huckerby says the pride of know­ing she is help­ing some­one never di­min­ishes – no mat­ter how of­ten she do­nates.

Ms Huckerby has reached a ma­jor donor mile­stone, hav­ing clocked up 400 do­na­tions since her ini­tial do­na­tion as an 18year-old.

Aus­tralian Red Cross es­ti­mates she has do­nated close to 190 litres of plasma, which has helped save about 12,000 lives.

One life she saved was that of her own mother, who de­vel­oped an ul­cer on her leg in her 80s fol­low­ing a nasty fall that would not heal.

Ms Huckerby said the feel­ing of know­ing she was help­ing some­one never went away and she was proud to be a donor.

“I feel re­ally proud and so happy I can still do it, that I’m fit and healthy and able to do it,” she said.

“It is a great feel­ing know­ing some­one is be­ing saved from your blood do­na­tion.”

The Park­wood res­i­dent said Na­tional Blood Donor Week, which runs from Septem­ber 2 to 8, was an im­por­tant re­minder for peo­ple to do­nate if they were able to.

“You never know when you could need it your­self and if you leave it to other peo­ple, that seems a shame,” she said.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486295

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486295

Mega-donors Su­san Huckerby and Paul New­combe cel­e­brate Su­san’s do­na­tion mile­stone.

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