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‘Inspiring’ blood donors rewarded
10:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
BLOOD donors from Gloucestershire were rewarded for their selflessness at an awards ceremony.
Lynne Gardner attended the event at The Gables Hotel, Gloucester, to speak to the donors about how blood transfusions had saved her life.
Honoured with crystal awards at the ceremony organised by NHS Blood and Transplant, each donor has potentially saved the lives of up to three people with each donation made.
Out of the four per cent of the eligible population who give blood, only three per cent ever manage to reach 75 donations and just one per cent reach 100.
Jane Hemmings, of Little Rissington, was one of the donors who has made 75 donations along with Tewkesbury resident Glyn Tucker.
Mrs Hemmings said: “In April 1975, while in Cheltenham’s maternity hospital, the mum in the next bed needed a blood transfusion. I decided to become a donor as soon as possible.
“I have always gone to the sessions at the Royal British Legion Hall in Bourton. The chat over tea and biscuits with the ‘regulars’ and new donors is always something to look forward to.”
Geraldine Parker, lead donor relations manager for Gloucestershire, said: “Some of these donors will have been donating blood for the majority of their lives. When you think about the number of lives they may have saved, it shows you how inspirational these donors really are.
“We are proud to reward these exceptional people and hope others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps.”
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