DEDICATED blood donors from Chester, who have given the red stuff hundreds of times between them, have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves.
Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people so if a donor has given blood 100 times they have potentially helped save 300 people.
The donors were honoured at a recent awards ceremony at Chester’s Queen Hotel, held by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).
Kay Morton, 73, from Guilden Sutton, received a crystal decanter for an amazing 100 donations.
Kay has been giving her invaluable O negative blood – the universal type anyone can receive – since the 1960s.
She said: “Being dared by a friend prompted me to start giving blood. The fact my blood is O negative and always required has kept me giving. My mother and husband both needed blood after operations.”
David Burton, from Frodsham, Alan Davies from Penyffordd, Ted Davies from Great Barrow, Helen Speke from Handbridge and Susan Parry, from Saltney, were presented with a crystal plate after reaching the wonderful milestone of 75 donations.
Grateful former patient Richard Huelin, 67, from Bangor-on-Dee, who presented the awards, suffered serious leg injuries in a car crash near Bickley in 2009 which meant he required two blood transfusions.
The grandfather said: “Every day is a day a blood donor has given back to me.”
The Chester donors were joined by others from Cheshire and North Wales recognised for their dedication.
Upcoming sessions include: Chester Racecourse on Thursday, December 27, between 10am and 12.15pm from 1.45-4pm.
Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged 17-65, weigh at least 50kg (7 stone 12lb) and be in general good health. To book an appointment, call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.