Awards for Louth area blood donors

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Five blood donors from the Louth area, who have given blood hundreds of times between them, have been thanked at an awards ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant.

Peter Tindall received a crystal award for an amazing 100 donations - only one per cent of all blood donors reach this milestone. He has been giving blood for 47 years. Stephen Blackburn, William Coney, Bob Read and Patrick Shores were presented with a crystal award after reaching the milestone of 75 donations.

Mr Tindall, aged 66, said: “The manager of the furniture shop I worked in was a donor and he persuaded me to go along and se for myself what it entailed. I was 19, gave blood that night and have done ever since. The thought of doing something special for others who need blood regularly to survive has kept me giving.”

The ceremony took place at The Lawn, Lincoln, and the awards were presented by Sue Ormston, aged 65, who lives in Lincoln.

She became a donor as a teenager and achieved 74 donations before having to stop in 2011 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She knows what a difference it can make, both her mother, Mary and daughter, Kathryn, received blood.

Upcoming sessions include:

British Legion Hall, Northgate, Louth – Tuesday February 26 – 1pm-3.30pm and 5pm-8pm

The Pavilion, London Road, Louth – Wednesday May 29 – 1pm-3.30pm and 5pm-8pm

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health. If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk