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Turvey man reaches milestone for blood donations

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: August 21, 2013

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A VETERAN blood donor was among those honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives at two recent awards ceremonies.

Turvey resident, Peter Goodland, was recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching 75 donations.

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, Mr Goodland may have contributed to keeping 225 patients alive in local hospitals over the years.

He was presented with a commemorative crystal award to mark his achievement at a ceremony at Daventry Court Hotel in Northampton.

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.”

Pictured: The Mayor of Daventry, Councillor Ron Fox, presents veteran blood donor Peter Goodland with his award.

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