Rugby donors help save hundreds of lives

David Sutch and Gillian Browning

David Sutch and Gillian Browning

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Veteran blood donors from the Rugby area were among those honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives at two recent awards ceremonies.

The donors – Warwick Llewelyn, Gillian Browning and David Sutch - were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching either 75 or 100 donations each.

Only around four per cent of the eligible population give blood. Of that, only two per cent ever reach 75 donations and just one per cent reach 100 donations. And as each single donation can help save up to three lives, between them the donors may have contributed to keeping hundreds of patients alive in local hospitals over the years.

The donors were presented with commemorative crystal awards to mark their achievements at several ceremonies held at the Daventry Court Hotel in Northampton and Dunchurch Park Hotel in Warwickshire.

NHSBT spokesperson Shailesh Mistry said: “It’s wonderful that we can call on people who have dedicated themselves to giving blood over so many years, performing a life-saving role for no reward, other than the knowledge that they are helping others.

“However, every year many existing donors in our region have to stop giving blood due to factors like ill-health and medication, so in order to maintain blood stocks, we constantly need new donors.

“If you would like to become one of the life-savers of the future, make an appointment to attend a local session either by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting our website - www.blood.co.uk

“We welcome new donors aged from 17 to 65 and there is no upper age limit for existing donors.”