TWO Ellesmere Port blood donors who have helped save the lives of more than 400 people between them have been thanked for their amazing support by the National Blood Service.
A ceremony at Liverpool’s Crowne Plaza hotel honoured long-serving donors from across the region for giving at least 75 blood donations.
Four of the lifesavers were honoured for reaching the milestone of 100 donations.
Jennifer Bridson and John Newsome, both from Ellesmere Port, were celebrating their 75th donation and were presented with crystal plates in recognition of their dedication to saving lives.
Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people, so if a donor has given 75 blood donations they may have saved up to 225 lives through donating blood.
The awards were presented by Helen Pawley who knows only too well how important blood donors are in helping to save lives.
Last year the mother-of-two from Middlewich needed 27 units of blood and 37 units of platelets – cells that help the blood to clot – to save her life after complications following the birth of her second daughter Kate.
Helen gave a moving speech thanking donors without whom she wouldn’t be here to see her little girls grow up.
Cathy Davies, communications officer for the National Blood Service, said: “Helen’s story really demonstrates what a vital resource blood is to local hospitals. Our dedicated donors should feel proud of the number of lives they save and improve by giving up their time to donate.”
She added: “I hope Jennifer and John’s outstanding commitment will inspire others in the area to come forward and become blood donors.
“Why not call our helpline and use our appointments service to pick a time that suits you.”
Anyone aged between 17 and 60, weighing more than 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.
For details of sessions in your area or to book an appointment, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 08457 711 711.