Awards for Ripon blood donors

Keith Alderson celebrates with Candice Illingworth, whose daughter, Lucy, aged four, received blood.
Keith Alderson celebrates with Candice Illingworth, whose daughter, Lucy, aged four, received blood.

Two dedicated blood donors from Ripon have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.

Keith Alderson and DavidFerguson were presented with a crystal award after each reached the milestone of 75 donations – equating to helping up to 225 people each.

David Ferguson celebrates with blood recipient, Jayne Snell

David Ferguson celebrates with blood recipient, Jayne Snell

The donors were honoured at two awards ceremonies held by NHS Blood and Transplant with the Ripon pair joining others from across Yorkshire where around 80 donors were recognised for their dedication.

Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It is amazing to see the dedication of these long-standing donors. They are an inspiration to us all and we hope that others will follow in their footsteps to save and improve the lives of many people.

“We are grateful to all those donors who gave blood over the summer. We appreciate not everybody was able to do so, as they may have been busy enjoying the weather, been away on holiday or given blood too recently to donate again.

“If you can, please book your next appointment now.”

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

Ms Batty added: “New donors are always welcome. The more people who register and donate, the easier it is for us to tailor our sessions, so we collect just what’s needed. “

– To book an appointment telephone the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk