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Giving blood is a habit of a lifetime

PUBLISHED: 22:04 07 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

IPSWICH blood donors have been rewarded with commemorative crystal for their life-saving gifts of 300 pints between them.

The appeal is always going out for healthy blood donors to keep supplies up to the level of demand and four men from Suffolk have been thanked with honours for donating 75 pints of the good stuff each.

IPSWICH blood donors have been rewarded with commemorative crystal for their life-saving gifts of 300 pints between them.

The appeal is always going out for healthy blood donors to keep supplies up to the level of demand and four men from Suffolk have been thanked with honours for donating 75 pints of the good stuff each.

David Howe wanted to say thank you to all the donors who had given blood when his mother received a transfusion back in 1949. The best way he knew was to become a donor himself.

Mr Howe was awarded for his mammoth achievement with a crystal plate while donating his 75th pint of lifesaving blood at the Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich, blood donor session.

Achieving such a high donation number requires donors giving consistently throughout their life and Mr Howe said: "Giving blood is the best present you can give at Christmas and it's free."

Georgina Norris of the National Blood Service East Anglia, said: "Mr Howe has done something truly amazing, 75 pints is a phenomenal milestone to reach. With 10,000 donations of blood required by hospitals every day and blood stocks being turned over within a week, we need more donors like Mr Howe who we can rely on to meet demands."

Trevor Ford, 54, of Prittlewell Close, Ipswich, donated his 75th pint of blood at the town's Robert Cross Hall and was presented with a crystal plate for his generosity.

Mr Ford first donated blood at the Ipswich Port Authority when he went along with a work colleague and has never missed a session since.

"I enjoy going along. I always manage to see people I know and the nurses are brilliant. I should say that it's never too late to start donating and every pint counts," he said.

"My wife Linda has also been very supportive of me giving blood and has not only looked after me well, but is part and parcel in enabling me to go along and give regularly."

Raymond Brown and David Melhuish, both from Stowmarket, were each presented with a National Blood Service crystal glass plates at a ceremony at Dunston Hall, near Norwich.

Just six per cent of the eligible population give blood, of which only 1.2pc ever donate more than four times – which makes these commitments all the more remarkable.

A spokeswoman for the National Blood Service said: "Donating 75 pints is a phenomenal milestone to achieve. Hospital demand is at 10,000 donations a day and increasing every year.

"Blood stocks are being turned over in just a few days, so we rely on donors like these to meet our commitments and give patients the treatment they need."

? Anyone wishing to donate blood must be aged between 17 and 60, weigh more than 7st 12lbs and be in general good health. To enrol with a blood donor session, contact 0845 771 1711.

If you would like to give blood and save or improve a life, please call 0845 7 711 711 or simply join us at a local blood donor session.


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