Linton man gives 100th ‘armful’ of blood
Pensioner John Robinson has given his 100th donation of blood.
He went along to Linton Village College’s sports hall where a cake was waiting to celebrate his century.
Mr Robinson, 71, told the Echo: “I’ve been donating blood since I was 19 years old. It’s such a good thing to do, to help other people and for the community at large.
“Without blood a lot of operations wouldn’t be possible and some people wouldn’t survive.
“I was once called upon to donate for an emergency as I have a rare blood group,.”
Mr Robinson is urging others to donate blood.
“You only feel a slight pinprick, it only takes eight minutes and it is quite social, with tea and biscuits afterwards.”
The NHS needs 7,000 voluntary donations of blood daily, but only around 4% of the eligible population are active blood donors. To register to give blood and find out where your nearest sessions are held, visit http://www.blood.co.uk/
Most people can give blood. If you’re generally in good health, between the ages of 17 and 65 and weigh at least 7st 12lbs (50kg) you could start giving blood today
There is no upper age limit as long as your last donation was in the last two years
Men can donate four times a year, with a minimum gap of 12 weeks between each donation
Women can donate three times a year, with a minimum gap of 16 weeks
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