TWO big-hearted blood donors have been honoured for their life-saving work at an awards ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).
Julia Ross, of Heanor, was presented with crystal plates after reaching the milestone of giving 75 donations.
Derek Bonsor, of Alfreton, received a crystal decanter for 100 donations – putting him into the top one per cent of blood donors.
They were honoured at a ceremony which took place at the Nottingham Gateway Hotel and the awards were presented by Jon Dummer whose life was saved by blood donors.
Mrs Ross, of Heanor, has been giving blood since 1965. She was prompted to start after her son was ill in hospital at a young age. He did not need blood but she was so grateful when he got better she wanted to help.
The 72-year-old said: “I was so grateful to have him well again, as soon as I saw advertising for donors, it was the least I could do.
“I’d rather give blood as you never know one day it could be the other way round. Me, my husband, who I lost last year, my two children and granddaughter are all donors.
“My husband used to be a donor, unfortunately he was ill the last few years of his life. He had to have quite a few transfusions and I was pleased we had both been donors. Although I’m 72, I’ll go whenever possible – it’s a wonderful thing to do.”
Mr Bonsor has been giving blood for 45 years. The 64-year-old said: “To help other people and a parent who had leukaemia, prompted me to start giving blood.
Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people so if a donor has given blood 100 times they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 300 patients in local hospitals through donating blood. And could have helped up to 225 people if they reach 75 donations.
Holly Mason, from the Blood and Transfusion service, said: “It’s humbling to be among so many committed blood donors.
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