Brighouse blood donors honoured at ceremony

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Dedicated Brighouse blood donors were honoured at a ceremony at Weetwood Hall in Leeds for reaching blood donation milestones.

Alan Smith, aged 69, received his award for 100 blood donations and Adrian Dinsmore, aged 64, received his 250 award for a combination of blood and platelet donations.

Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “These dedicated blood donors are very special to us, which is why this ceremony gives us the opportunity to say a real heartfelt thanks.

“Between them, they have saved thousands of lives, and improved the lives of countless others who have required blood transfusions. These donors are an inspiration to us all.”

The lifesaving efforts of 32 blood donors from the region, who had collectively made 3,700 donations, were honoured with commemorative medals.

Each blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. If a donor has given blood 100 times, they have potentially helped save or improve the lives of up to 300 patients.

Out of the three per cent of the eligible population who give blood, just one per cent reaches 100 donations.

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over seven stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood.