‘Life saving’ blood donor heroes receive high praise

Stewart Whitlam, Paul Oughton, Richard Powell and Roger Plastow
Stewart Whitlam, Paul Oughton, Richard Powell and Roger Plastow

Dedicated blood donors from Gainsborough have been praised at an awards ceremony for saving hundreds of lives by rolling up their sleeves to give donations.

The NHS Blood and Transplant ceremony honoured the efforts of Paul Oughton, Roger Plastow, Richard Powell and Stewart Whitlam.

They were each presented with a crystal award for reaching the impressive milestone of 75 donations.

The NHS says that each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people - so these four men could have saved the lives of 225 people each.

Mr Powell, 52, has been giving blood since 1978.

“If anyone needs my blood to save them, especially if any member of my family had an operation, I’m pleased that I’ve done my bit,” he said.

“It doesn’t take long, it could save someone’s life – you neever know you might need some in the future.”

The four donors were joined by others from across Lincolnshire and beyond, with around 90 donors being recognised for their dedication. Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager with NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “The dedication of all these donors is wonderful, we hope it inspires existing donors to keep giving regularly.” New donors are also needed, especially young people, and we urge people to give it a try.” She added: “With Mother’s Day approaching, people are being asked to think about the mothers and babies they could help with their donation - each donation can potentially save the lives of three adults or seven babies.”

The NHS says that anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 7 stone 12lbs and in general good health.