THREE dedicated Vale blood donors have been honoured at a prestigious event for their loyalty and commitment.
68-year-old Stuart Patching and 65-year-old Robert Foster from Pershore and 56-year-old John Dee from Honeybourne, were recently recognised at a ceremony by NHS Blood and Transplant.
The kind-hearted donors, who have potentially saved more than 900 lives between them after donating blood on more than 100 occasions, were rewarded with commemorative medals for their lifesaving efforts.
Only one per cent of the UK’s population who give blood reach 100 donations.
Mr Foster understood the importance of donating blood at the age of 19, when he received blood during an operation to treat peritonitis.
“It’s a small sacrifice which makes a huge difference to someones life,” said Mr Foster.
Karen Healy, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “These loyal donors are very special to us, which is why such an event gives us the opportunity to say a real heartfelt thank you.
“Between them they have saved hundreds of lives and improved countless others. These donors are an inspiration to us all.”
People can give blood if they are fit and healthy, weigh over 7st 12lbs and are aged between 17 and 66-years-old.
Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 03001 232323 for more information or to book an appointment to donate.