Frances gets reward for donations
BLOOD donor Frances Townsend has given more than an armful - and it's reckoned rolling up her sleeve has saved as many as 225 lives.To mark her giving blood 75 times, the 66-year-old was presented with an emerald award, a crystal plate, as she arrived at Felixstowe Leisure Centre to donate for the 76th time.
BLOOD donor Frances Townsend has given more than an armful - and it's reckoned rolling up her sleeve has saved as many as 225 lives.
To mark her giving blood 75 times, the 66-year-old was presented with an emerald award, a crystal plate, as she arrived at Felixstowe Leisure Centre to donate for the 76th time.
Not many people reach the emerald milestone - and even fewer the diamond 100 donations award for which she is now aiming.
Mrs Townsend, of Dains Place, Trimley St Mary, said giving blood was a “wonderful thing to do”.
She started giving blood in the 1960s while working in the City of London and carried on when she moved to Felixstowe.
“I started giving blood through work,” she said.
- 1 Woman jailed for having sex with Ipswich schoolboy
- 2 Group of youths seen carrying weapons in Ipswich park
- 3 Road closure 'chaos' for residents during fibre works
- 4 Man who sexually assaulted toddler in the street could be jailed
- 5 Police launch appeal to identify man after incident in Ipswich
- 6 Ice cream kiosk at Suffolk beauty spot destroyed in arson
- 7 Double-decker bus bought on eBay becomes new home for evicted Suffolk family
- 8 First look at 172-bed student accommodation plan
- 9 Education 'exemplary' at Outstanding Ipswich academy
- 10 Animal sex charges against Kesgrave vet dropped, but child images admitted
“I have never considered stopping as it is important to do what you can to help others.
“I feel lucky that I have been in good health over the years and everyone who can give blood should do so.”
Gareth Bell, spokesman for the National Blood Service (NBS) in Suffolk, said: “Blood donors are the unseen heroes when it comes to the treatment of hundreds of patients every day.
“Many people are not aware of just how widely blood is used at hospitals and for many patients it is their only lifeline.
“Frances' donations could have been used to help mothers or babies on maternity wards, aid a trauma patient through a major operation, or even been given to a cancer patient to help them through their chemotherapy.
“It is a great honour for us to present this award to Frances. I hope it proves to be a constant reminder to her what a fantastic thing she does each time she rolls up her sleeves to give.”
To find out more about giving blood, register as a donor, book an appointment, contact the NBS helpline on 0845 7711 711.
A unit of blood is measured as 470mls (or just under a pint).
Donors can give every 16 weeks - three times a year.
Regular blood donors can continue giving until the age of 70.
There are four main blood groups - O, A, B and AB. Group O is the most common and therefore the most in demand. Over 95 per cent of the blood collected is processed into its main components - red cells, platelets and plasma.
A regular supply of blood is vital - red cells last only 35 days and platelets only five days.