Anton signs up to be a donor

Tea and biscuits after! Anton Galea from Paulsgrove who donated blood for the first time after seeing the National Blood Tranfusion Service Christmas appeal in The News.   Picture: Steve Reid (124029-656)
Tea and biscuits after! Anton Galea from Paulsgrove who donated blood for the first time after seeing the National Blood Tranfusion Service Christmas appeal in The News. Picture: Steve Reid (124029-656)
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TOUCHED by the story of a toddler who is alive thanks to the blood bank, was enough to make one reader back our campaign and become a donor.

Anton Galea, of Stamford Close, Paulsgrove, was one of the first to sign up to our Give Blood This Christmas campaign.

We’re working with NHS Blood and Transplant service to get 200 new people to sign the blood donor register by Christmas Eve.

Anton, 38, said: ‘I had thought about donating blood before, but never did anything about it.

‘Then I read the story about young Jude Allen in The News, and that triggered me off to go and get it sorted.’

As reported, two-year-old Jude was born at 28 weeks.

In order to have a chance to survive, the tot underwent blood and platelet transfusions in the first 10 weeks of his life. A complication during birth meant his bone marrow wasn’t mature enough to make red blood cells.

His mother Kellie, 34, of Purbrook, said without the vital donations made by others, Jude would not be here today.

And the message got through to Anton, a business support advisor.

He said: ‘I registered online and saw there was a session taking place the following day in Waterlooville.

‘I went in and they gave me a form, I filled in all the details and then they called me in for a one-to-one chat with a donor carer. It was all fine and within half an hour I had donated blood. I just always used to say I didn’t have enough time, but when it came round to doing it I found it was all over very quickly.

‘Everything was well-organised and everyone was welcoming.

‘I’ll definitely donate again, especially as they send you letters to remind you.It’s nice to know you could be helping someone else, someone like Jude.’

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