Veteran blood donors from the county were honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives at a recent awards ceremony.
The donors, some of whom have been giving blood for more than half a century, were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching either 75 or 100 blood donations each.
Only around four per cent of the eligible population give blood and of that four per cent, 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 thousands of patients alive in local hospitals over the years.
The donors who were recognised for reaching 75 donations included:
Pauline Adair of Kettering
David Carey of Rushden
John Freeman of Wellingborough
Hilary Merricks of Wellingborough
Margaret Sinclair of Corby
Keith Yeoman of Wellingborough
Barbara Essam of Kettering
Those who were honoured for reaching 100 donations included:
Gordon Anderson of Corby
Barry Walters of Kettering
The donors were presented with commemorative crystal awards to mark their achievements by Rugby mum Emma Howells, whose son Tyler needs regular transfusions to treat haemophilia, during a ceremony at the Daventry Court Hotel.
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.”