Donors are honoured for hitting milestones

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FIVE veteran blood donors from the borough have been honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.

Trefor Williams, Lawrence Duffell and Patricia Maddison were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching more than 75 blood donations each.

And Joyce Finan and Susan English were honoured for making more than 100 blood donations.

Retired post office clerk Mrs Finan first gave blood 42 years ago in 1971.

The 65-year-old Wallsend resident, whose daughter needed a transfusion after giving birth, said: “Giving blood only takes a short time and I think it is very important.

“You may need blood yourself one day and stocks are always needed.”

Mr Williams, 57, from Wallsend, first gave blood 40 years ago by and says he keeps going back due to the thought that he might have saved someone’s life.

Mrs Maddison, 69, from North Shields, has been a donor since 1970, and retired teacher Mrs English first gave blood in 1967.

The 65-year-old from Whitley Bay said: “It’s a good way to help others in need. It’s quick and nearly painless.”

Mr Duffell, who lives in New Hartley, first gave blood 41 years ago.

The 62-year-old said: “I would assure potential blood donors that donating blood is safe and easy. Also, giving blood provides essential, positive benefits for patients, their families and friends.”

The five donors were presented with commemorative crystal awards during a ceremony at Beamish Hall Hotel.