HE has followed in his mother’s footsteps and has decided to become a lifesaver.
Adam Westbrook is pictured giving a thumbs up as he donates blood for the first time.
The 17-year-old did his bit at Horndean Technology College following The News’ campaign to encourage more people to sign the donor register.
His mum Pam Marshall, 43, of Nightjar Close, Horndean, has been a regular donor since she was 18.
Adam, who is studying uniformed services at South Downs College, said: ‘Giving blood is something I have always wanted to do.
‘We had some talks about it in school and I was interested.
‘My mum is also a donor and I think it’s incredible.’
After reading about The News’ Give Blood campaign, Adam knew it was time to roll up his sleeve.
‘Registering was really easy and I got an appointment at around the same time as my mum,’ he said.
‘I was excited and nervous at the same time.
‘Excited because I knew I was doing something that helps saves lives, but nervous because I don’t really like needles.
‘But it was over quickly enough and didn’t hurt.
‘I’ll definitely be donating again, and would urge those who can donate, to do it.
‘Donating blood does help other people.’
Pam said: ‘I was really proud of him.
‘He has wanted to donate for such a long time, but wasn’t old enough.
‘It’s important to keep those blood banks filled up.
‘I support The News campaign and think it’s great to raise awareness.
‘You don’t know when it’s going to be needed, which blood type and for what incident.
‘I remember my friend had an accident and hurt her leg – she needed eight pints of blood.
‘Even thought it wasn’t my blood that directly helped, it’s other people’s generosity that helped her.’
HERE’S HOW YOU BE A LIFESAVER TOO
HERE are the latest dates when people can donate blood.
· Tuesday, January 8, Waterlooville Community Centre, Maurepas Way, from 11am to 1.30pm and 3pm to 5.30pm.
Thursday, January 10, St Wilfrid’s Church, Padnell Road, Cowplain, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
· Friday, January 11, St Johns Church Hall, St Michaels Grove, Fareham, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
· Wednesday, January 16, Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Buckland, Portsmouth, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to
· Friday, January 18, Cosham Community Centre, Wootton Street, Cosham, from 1.30pm to 3.25pm and 4.30pm to 7.30pm.