Life-saving blood donors receive awards

(L to R) 'Back row: Jane Berg, John Hews, George Howcroft, guest speaker Jeremy Bover, Anthony Penhallow, James Rodway'Front row: Malcolm Sharp, Basil and Shelagh Torkington, Irene Tuley, Robert Vale

(L to R) 'Back row: Jane Berg, John Hews, George Howcroft, guest speaker Jeremy Bover, Anthony Penhallow, James Rodway'Front row: Malcolm Sharp, Basil and Shelagh Torkington, Irene Tuley, Robert Vale

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BLOOD donors from Worthing, Lancing and Angmering have received awards after donating enough blood to help save thousands of lives.

The dedicated blood donors were among 62 donors honoured by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) at an awards event at The Grand Hotel in Brighton.

The ceremony honoured long-serving blood donors who had donated blood on at least 75 occasions. Blood donors who received a crystal plate in recognition of making 75 blood donations were Jane Berg, John Hews, Irene Tuley and Robert Vale, all from Worthing, George Howcroft from Tarring, Anthony Penhallow from Angmering and James Rodway and Malcolm Sharp from Lancing.

Husband and wife Basil and Shelagh Torkington from Goring received their awards together for donating 75 times each.

Donor James Rodway from Lancing received a crystal decanter for reaching the 100 donations milestone.

The awards were presented by Jeremy Bover, a train driver from Kent, who gave a speech about his young daughter Georgina who received vital blood transfusions.

John Canning, lead donor relations manager at NHSBT, said: “The commitment that these blood donors have shown to donating blood throughout their lives is remarkable. They are shining examples to others thinking of donating for the first time or to those who haven’t donated in a while. We are delighted to honour them in this way and are grateful for every single donation they have given.”

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17 to 65, weighing at least 7st 12lb and in general good health. To book an appointment, call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk