Honour for blood donation

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Thirty veteran blood donors from Sheffield were honoured for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives at a recent awards ceremony.

The generous donors were recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant for reaching either 75 or 100 donations each.

They were presented with commemorative crystal awards to mark their achievements during a ceremony at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane.

NHSBT spokesperson Donna Batty 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 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.”

To donate blood, make an appointment to attend a local session either by visiting www.blood.co.uk or calling 0300 1232323.