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Peter Nicholson, from Ramsdell, has donated blood more than 100 times
A RAMSDELL man who has donated around 10 times the amount of blood in his body has been honoured at a special ceremony.
Peter Nicholson, 64, is one of a select group of people to have given blood more than 100 times – acts of generosity which could potentially have helped save the lives of 300 people.
Mr Nicholson, who lives with his wife Liz in Baughurst Road, first started donating in 1969 when he worked for the civil service and workers were encouraged to donate twice a year at work.
He said: “To start with, I was just pleased to have an hour away from my desk.
“But when I realised that it didn’t hurt, that there was really nothing to it, I’ve just done it ever since.”
He now donates blood four times a year and, as there is now no upper age limit for healthy donors, he plans to carry on donating for as long as he is able to. So far he has made 104 donations.
He said: “I would encourage everyone to donate blood. I always feel better afterwards and it doesn’t cost you anything.”
Mr Nicholson, a field judge in throwing and jumping events, who last year officiated at the Olympic Games, was one of 44 dedicated blood donors from Hampshire and Wiltshire recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant at a ceremony.
They were honoured with crystal awards at the ceremony at The Hub Theatre, Southampton, presented to them by seven-year-old Lydia McConnell, from Harefield, who is recovering from a rare cancer called melloblastoma and needed blood and platelets to help fight the disease.
Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people, with the blood, platelets and plasma separated.
Geraldine Parker, lead donor relations manager for the South West at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “These awards ceremonies are a great way to say thank you to all our dedicated donors. The time and commitment that they have shown over the years is admirable.”
Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least seven stone 12lbs and be in general good health.
For more information visit blood.co.uk.
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