Blood donors praised for saving lives

Back left to right ' 75th award recipient Mr Neil Archard, of Iford, Lewes, 75th award recipient Mr Michael Edmonds, of Seaford, 75th award recipient Mrs Debbie Evans, of Newhaven, 75th award recipient Mr Derek Figes, of Ringmer, Lewes, and 75th award recipient Mr Geoffrey Miller, of Glynde, Lewes.'Front left to right ' 75th award recipient Mrs Gillian Pratt, of Plumpton, Lewes, 75th award recipient Mrs Katie Richards, of Hailsham, Darren Bowen ' Regional Donor Contact Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, 100th award recipient Mr William Sholl, of Newhaven.
Back left to right ' 75th award recipient Mr Neil Archard, of Iford, Lewes, 75th award recipient Mr Michael Edmonds, of Seaford, 75th award recipient Mrs Debbie Evans, of Newhaven, 75th award recipient Mr Derek Figes, of Ringmer, Lewes, and 75th award recipient Mr Geoffrey Miller, of Glynde, Lewes.'Front left to right ' 75th award recipient Mrs Gillian Pratt, of Plumpton, Lewes, 75th award recipient Mrs Katie Richards, of Hailsham, Darren Bowen ' Regional Donor Contact Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, 100th award recipient Mr William Sholl, of Newhaven.

Blood donors from Seaford have been awarded for their life-saving efforts.

Michael Edmonds and Roger Read, along with others from Lewes, have saved up to 2,100 lives between them. They have been awarded by NHS Blood and Transplant for their loyalty and commitment to blood donation.

A special ceremony took place at The Grand Hotel in Brighton where the lifesaving effort of 120 blood donors from across East and West Sussex were honoured with crystal awards. Between them the donors have given more than 9,575 units of blood and the Seaford men have both given blood 75 times.

With each blood donation potentially saving the lives of up to three people, a donor who has given blood 75 times could have helped save the lives of up to 225 patients.

John Canning, lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant in Sussex, said, “Sometimes you forget how much of a difference giving blood can make to people’s lives. Ceremonies like this allow us to say a massive thank you to all the donors that take time out of their busy lives to do something life saving on a regular basis.

£These donors are an inspiration to us all and we hope that they continue donating and saving the lives of many more people.”

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50kg and in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

To find out if you are eligible to become a blood donor and make a date to donate, visit www.blood.co.uk or call: 0300 123 23 23.