Bruce honoured for blood donations

Bruce Strugnell from Havant who throughout his lifetime has given over 75 donations of blood.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124050-1)
Bruce Strugnell from Havant who throughout his lifetime has given over 75 donations of blood.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (124050-1)

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MEET Bruce Strugnell, who’s donated blood a whopping 75 times.

The 64-year-old has been presented with an emerald certificate to mark the occasion.

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Mr Strugnell, of Brunswick Gardens, Havant, is backing our Give Blood This Christmas campaign.

We’re working with NHS Blood and Transplant to get 200 new donors to register to give blood.

Mr Strugnell first donated blood at the age of 18.

The retired accountant said: ‘I was around 18 and my father had to have an emergency operation.

‘His hospital discovered he was part of a rare blood group and had to fly blood down from Scotland.

‘I didn’t know what blood type I was, and so went to donate blood as well as check my type.

‘I’m A negative and have been donating blood ever since.’

Apart from not donating after going on holiday, or feeling ill, Mr Strugnell always ensures he gives blood.

‘I would absolutely encourage younger people to donate blood,’ he added.

‘You don’t realise how it can have an impact on someone else’s life.

‘I have encouraged both my daughters to give blood, and former colleagues to sign up.’

Although NHS Blood and Transplant says it currently collects the 7,000 units of blood required each day, it is worried this might not be the case in the future as the number of young donors continue to drop.

Around 40 per cent of all donors in England and Wales fall into the 17 to 24-year-old bracket, but the number of new donors in that age category has been falling steadily by 20 per cent over the past 10 years.

And this year there has been a 50 per cent drop in 17 and 18-year-olds registering to donate compared with last year.

There is some criteria in order to become a blood donor.

Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the past two years.

People can register in a number of ways:

They can attend any of the sessions listed on the right hand side and speak to a member of staff.

People can visit and register online.

Or to get more information, ring the 24-hour helpline 0300 1232323.