Milestones for blood donors

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FIVE veteran blood donors from Northumberland have been honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives at a recent awards ceremony.

Michael Daglish, Angela Bainbridge and Valerie Masters were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching more than 75 blood donations each.

Meanwhile, Peter Robertson and Dennis Hodges were honoured for making more than 100 blood donations.

Mr Robertson, 59, from Morpeth, first gave blood as a student in the 1970s and has been donating regularly for around 30 years.

“I’ve always known that what I was doing was benefitting others,” he said.

“It doesn’t take much time, it doesn’t hurt and it certainly helps others.”

Mr Hodges, 73, from Morpeth, gave blood as soon as he was old enough to at the then-minimum age of 18, and Mr Daglish, 62, also from Morpeth, first started giving blood 45 years ago.

Mrs Bainbridge from Blyth, was first inspired to give blood 35 years ago.

The 60-year-old said: “Go along to a session, it’s painless, the staff are great, it’s only about an hour out of your day and you’re helping those in need.”

Mrs Masters, whose sister needed an emergency transfusion during childbirth, first donated blood 45 years ago.

The 64-year-old said: “Without donations many people would die each year.

“After giving it is rewarding to think you have probably contributed to saving a life.”

The five donors were presented with commemorative crystal awards to mark their achievements during a ceremony at the Beamish Hall Hotel.