100 life-saving blood donors recruited through Scunthorpe Telegraph Save a Life campaign
THE Telegraph's Save a Life campaign has smashed its target of signing up 100 blood donors.
The campaign was launched less than a month ago after 15-year-old Bottesford girl Ayshea Singh revealed that blood donors had saved her life after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer.
Ayshea is now battling back from the condition – but the 102 new volunteers who have come forward will make a major difference to health services in the region.
Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), said: "It is fantastic that the Scunthorpe Telegraph has hit its target already.
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"We want to say a big thank you to everyone from the area who has signed up to be a blood donor and to the paper for supporting our campaign.
"We still need more new donors, so would urge people to keep coming forward."
Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people. So if a donor has given blood 100 times, they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 300 patients.
And dedicated blood donors from Scunthorpe, who have given blood hundreds of times between them, have now been recognised by NHSBT for saving lives.
John Nundy received a crystal decanter for 100 donations. Only one per cent of all blood donors reach this milestone.
Harry Potter, Judith Proudley, Nigel Hare, David Connell and Gillian Robinson were presented with a crystal award after reaching the milestone of 75 donations.
Mr Nundy, 64, from Scunthorpe, said: "I am a rare blood group, AB Rhesus negative, and I keep giving blood because I want to."
Fellow donor Mr Potter, from Scunthorpe, added: "My daughter needing blood prompted me to start giving. My wife had a condition which requires blood. The thought of saving lives has kept me giving."
Ms Mason praised the dedication of these donors and hoped they inspired others to keep giving.
The next sessions will be at the Royal Hotel on Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, on Thursday, February 14 and February 28 from 1.15pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7.15pm.
There will also be a session at Butterwick House at Scunthorpe General Hospital on Friday, February 15 from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm.
Book at www.blood.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 23 23.
Alternatively, just turn up.