Dedicated blood donors honoured at ceremony

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DEDICATED blood donors have been honoured at an awards ceremony.

Residents from Portsmouth and surrounding areas were among 50 donors to be honoured by NHS Blood and Transplant.

They had all donated blood on at least 75 occasions, while some had reached the 100-donation milestone.

Speaking at the ceremony at Tithe Barn near Petersfield, Jonathan Sewell, lead donor relations manager at NHSBT, said: 'It's humbling to be among so many committed blood donors.

'Only a very small number of people reach the 75 and 100-donation milestones so these donors should be justifiably proud of their achievements.'

Donors who received a crystal plate in recognition of donating 75 times were: from Portsmouth, Doreen Caddick, Anthony Driscoll, Derek Clark, Meryl Gibson-Ford and James Atkins; Waterlooville residents Christopher Roberts, the Rev Barry Smith, Geoffrey Bristow and Peter Bruce; Richard Garnett from Hayling Island and David Forster from Havant.

Robert Gooch from Waterlooville and Ian Hallam from Havant both received a crystal decanter for 100 donations.