Medals given to the loyal blood donors who’ve saved so many lives

Leicester Mercury - - News - By STAFF RE­PORTER

MEDALS have been pre­sented to 22 loyal blood donors from Leices­ter who col­lec­tively have saved and im­proved the lives of up to 6,600 peo­ple.

In all, 94 donors were hon­oured at the NHS Blood and Trans­plant cer­e­mony, held at Sta­ple­ford Park, near Mel­ton.

The Leices­ter con­tin­gent was Carl Mills, Mrs Gil­lian Tyler, Mrs Gail Le­witt, Robert Mullins, Mrs Juliet Briggs, Gra­ham Squire, Mrs Jane Shaw, Mrs Chris­tine Mor­bey, Gra­ham Dempsey, David Wat­son, Mrs Karen Davis, John Wright, Roger Perkins, Man­hur Naran, Mark Rockey, Pe­ter Moles­dale, An­drew Stean, David Beau­mont, Rob Fos­ter, Stephen Shel­ley, Bryan Reynolds and Ray­mond Webb, who be­tween them have made 2,550 do­na­tions.

One unit of blood do­nated can save or im­prove the lives of up to three peo­ple, so 100 do­na­tions has po­ten­tially helped save the lives of up to 300 pa­tients in hospi­tals through do­nat­ing blood.

Out of all the peo­ple who give blood, just one in a 100 will reach 100 do­na­tions.

For­mer Leices­ter Mer­cury jour­nal­ist David Wat­son, 71, from Birstall, said: “Blood do­na­tion is such an im­por­tant thing to do, it’s quick and easy and saves lives, like my mother who has reg­u­lar blood trans­fu­sions for Hodgkins Lym­phoma.”

Mr Mills, 59, from Leices­ter, said: “Giv­ing an hour out of your day ev­ery three months, you’re giv­ing peo­ple who need blood a life and a chance to spend hours and months with their loved ones.”

Guest speaker at the cer­e­mony Libby Har­ris, 37, from Hus­bands Bos­worth, re­ceived life-sav­ing blood trans­fu­sions af­ter hav­ing a mis­car­riage at 11 weeks.

She said: “With­out blood donors I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t be able to see my two chil­dren grow up and my won­der­ful hus­band ev­ery day. I can’t thank donors enough for their self­less act.

“It has been great to meet and thank the loyal donors who have given up their time to save peo­ple’s lives, they are truly amaz­ing.”

Do­minic Suther­land, head of donor mar­ket­ing op­er­a­tions for the North, said: “We thank all our loyal donors for their in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment.”

Leices­ter’s new blood do­na­tion cen­tre is at Man­sion House, Guild­hall Lane, Leices­ter.

To be­come a donor, an ap­point­ment can be booked by call­ing 0300 123 23 23, or at the web­site be­low.

New donors who may not re­ceive an ap­point­ment im­me­di­ately are asked to make an ap­point­ment for the new year, as pri­or­ity is be­ing given to cur­rent donors to help build stocks for Christ­mas.

CER­E­MONY: Guest speaker Libby Har­ris with blood donor David Wat­son

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