Donors honoured for their lifesaving work

Whitley Bay blood donors Edward Perrin, Julie McVeigh and Joan Ellwood receive their awards from guest speaker Joanne Liddle.
Whitley Bay blood donors Edward Perrin, Julie McVeigh and Joan Ellwood receive their awards from guest speaker Joanne Liddle.

Four dedicated blood donors have been honoured for their roles in helping save lives.

Edward Perrin, Julie McVeigh and Joan Ellwood, from Whitley Bay, and Ernest Walker, from Wallsend, were recognised for their donation efforts, with all of them reaching the milestone of 100 donations.

Blood donor Ernest Walker, from Wallsend, receives his award from guest speaker Joanne Liddle.

Blood donor Ernest Walker, from Wallsend, receives his award from guest speaker Joanne Liddle.

The quartet were among 26 donors from the region recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant at a ceremony at Lumley Castle in Durham, receiving commemorative medals.

Guest speaker was Joanne Liddle, 40, from Houghton Le Spring, whose daughter Nicole received a life-saving platelet transfusion shortly after birth after developing a rash and becoming unwell.

It was later discovered that Nicole was a NAIT baby, which is a blood related disease that affects newborns and can cause brain damage or death.

Joanne said: “Donors are amazing. They give up precious time and do something that has such a significant impact on individuals and families.”

These loyal donors are very special to us, which is why such an event gives us the opportunity to say a real heart felt thanks

Amanda Eccles, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant

“It saved my daughter’s life and I now have a happy healthy three-year-old who brightens the lives of all those she encounters – life simply wouldn’t be the same without her.”

Amanda Eccles, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “These loyal donors are very special to us, which is why such an event gives us the opportunity to say a real heart felt thanks.

“Between them, they have saved thousands of lives, and improved the lives of countless others who have required blood transfusion.

“These donors are an inspiration to us all.”

Anyone who wants to donate blood should be fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before).

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