Blood donors given crystal award to say thank you for support

AWARDS Left to right, back row: Alan Allison, Alan Baker, Terence Bartholomew, Christine Cox, Kenneth Moore, Yvonne O'Brien, Frances Parrott. Front row: Dianne Proctor, Clive Pulling, Ian Hamerton, Philip Rook, and Roger West

AWARDS Left to right, back row: Alan Allison, Alan Baker, Terence Bartholomew, Christine Cox, Kenneth Moore, Yvonne O'Brien, Frances Parrott. Front row: Dianne Proctor, Clive Pulling, Ian Hamerton, Philip Rook, and Roger West

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HE’S given blood for almost four decades, and as a thank you, Alan Allison was given a crystal award.

In total, 42 dedicated blood donors from the Portsmouth area, who have saved more than 9,450 lives between them, were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant for their loyalty and commitment to blood donation at an awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel, in Southampton Road.

Among them was Mr Allison, 70, who started donating blood in his mid-30s.

Since then he has donated 75 times.

Mr Allison, of Homefayre House, Western Road, Fareham, said: ‘I started donating in my mid-30s because I wanted to give something back.

‘You can soon make your blood up after a donation, plus they check your blood all the time. I have no plans to stop donating blood.’

Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people, so if a donor has given blood 75 times they have helped save the lives of up to 225 patients.

According to NHSBT, out of the four per cent of the eligible population who give blood, only three per cent ever manage to reach 75 donations and just one per cent reach 100.

Mr Clive Pulling, from Fareham, has donated 100 times.

He said: ‘My mother was a blood donor and I started donating blood at the earliest age possible and have seen no reason to stop.

‘It cost nothing but an hour of your time to help others.’

John Canning, lead donor relations manager for Portsmouth at NHSBT, thanked the donors.

He said: ‘Some of these donors have been giving for more than 50 years – that really shows how dedicated they are to saving lives.

‘While some donors have personal reasons and experiences that will drive them to donate, others do it for no other then reason than to give back to their community and because they think it is the right thing to do.

‘I would like to congratulate all our donors on their great achievements and I hope they continue to give blood and spread the word about the benefits of blood donation.’

Anyone who wants to donate for the first time should be aged between 17 and 65, weighing at least 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health.

If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit blood.co.uk.

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