Super Barnsley blood donor forced to retire after Parkinson’s diagnosis

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A super donor who has donated more than 100 pints of blood to those in need is encouraging others to follow in his footsteps.

Mick Broad, aged 60, has been giving blood since he was 18-years-old, but was told his regular donations would have to come to an end after he developed the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.

“It’s a real shame I can’t donate anymore,” said Mick, from Thurlstone, Barnsley.

“I would urge anyone to do it. There is always blood needed of all types.

“When I got diagnosed with Parkinson’s I was more annoyed about not being able to give blood than anything else.

“Even my consultant was staggered when I told him. He said he couldn’t believe it and there was no medical reason why I should not give blood.”

The former policeman was dealt the disappointing news after giving blood at his local donor centre.

“You have to inform them of any changes in your health and when I told them I had Parkinson’s they said their policy was that anyone with a neurological condition could not give blood,” said Mick.

“I have been giving blood all my life, but if it’s their policy I will have to accept it.”

Mick, a dad of one, was presented with an award for donating his 100th pint of blood in a ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane ground earlier this year.

He said he now hopes others will come forward to fill the void.

“Apart from saving lives it is a health check,” said Mick.

“A friend of mine only found out he had got leukaemia because he gave blood.

“Thank God he did because it was caught in the early stages.”

Mick is already planning to donate his body for medical research into Parkinson’s.

A spokesman for the NHS Blood and Transplant Service, said: “Unfortunately anyone who suffers from Parkinson’s or any other neurological condition will be told they cannot give blood.

“It is more about the safety of the donor.

“They could be at higher risk of increasing blood pressure.”