Brackley man rolls up his sleeves to help save hundreds

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A veteran blood donor from Brackley was among those honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives at two recent awards ceremonies.

Geoffrey Younger was recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching 75 donations spanning 42 years.

Only around four per cent of the eligible population give blood and of that only two per cent ever reach 75 donations. With each donation helping save up to three lives, Mr Younger may have contributed to keeping 225 patients alive in local hospitals over the years.

The retired 70-year-old, who started donating on the spur of the moment in 1971, said: “Giving blood does a lot of good at no cost to the donor.”

Mr Younger was presented with a commemorative crystal award to mark his achievement at a ceremony at Daventry Court Hotel in Northampton.

NHSBT spokesperson Shailesh Mistry said: “It’s wonderful that we can call on people who have dedicated themselves to giving blood over so many years, performing a life-saving role for no reward, other than the knowledge that they are helping others.

“However, every year many existing donors in our region have to stop giving blood due to factors like ill-health and medication, so in order to maintain blood stocks, we constantly need new donors.

“If you would like to become one of the life-savers of the future, make an appointment to attend a local session either by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting our website - www.blood.co.uk

“We welcome new donors aged from 17 to 65 and there is no upper age limit for existing donors.”