Blood donor trio are awarded for passing on the gift of life

(left to right)'' Blood donor awards''Market Rasen's Marilyn Clark, Robert Midgley and Sylvia Baird, receving their awards from Marie Collinson-Wallace and Olivia Wallace
(left to right)'' Blood donor awards''Market Rasen's Marilyn Clark, Robert Midgley and Sylvia Baird, receving their awards from Marie Collinson-Wallace and Olivia Wallace
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Three life-savers from Market Rasen were among a group of 39 blood donors from Lincolnshire who were honoured by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) at an awards event at The Lawn in Lincoln.

The ceremony celebrated the commitment of long-serving blood donors from across the region, all of whom had donated blood on at least 75 occasions.

Five of the lifesavers were commended for having made a remarkable 100 or more blood or platelet donations and Robert Midgley from Market Rasen was among that number.

He was presented with a crystal decanter as a mark of the NHSBT’s thanks for his efforts over the years.

Marilyn Clark and Sylvia Baird also both received a crystal bowl for making 75 blood donations.

Only three per cent of people reach 75 donations so this is a real achievement.

Speaking of her decision to give blood, Sylvia said: “I began giving blood at 18, when NHSBT came to the Ministry of Pensions, where I worked.

“I think it is such an important thing to do, where would our hospitals be if nobody donated blood.

“There is no need to be scared of giving blood as you soon get used to the experience.”

Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager for the NHSBT, said: “All our donors are special, but it is a pleasure to thank our dedicated donors in this way.

“They continue to make time to donate come rain or shine and really are the lifeblood of our service.

“We are approaching the time of year when blood stocks tend to dip so it is vital that people come to donate regularly to make sure that we can meet hospital demands.”

First-time blood donors should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health.

If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk .