Rugby trio ‘helped save lives if 675 patients’

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Three veteran blood donors from the Rugby area have been honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.

Anthony Rea, Paul Morrice and Barbara Goode were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant for reaching 75 blood donations each

The NHS estimates that the three donors may have contributed to keeping 675 patients alive.

Mr Rea, who is aged 57 and lives in Rugby, has been a blood donor for 38 years. The technical support coordinator, who was first persuaded to donate by friends and colleagues, said: “I started to give blood because one day I may need it myself.”

Mr Morrice, who is 60 and lives in Kilsby, first gave blood in 1971. Like his father, the company director was prompted to donate because his mother needed a transfusion during an operation.

Mrs Goode, who is retired and aged 63, has been a donor since she was 18 years old. The Rugby woman said: “For a lie-down and a cup of tea and a biscuit, you could be giving someone a lifeline.”

The trio were presented with commemorative crystal awards to mark their achievements during a ceremony at Dunchurch Park Hotel.