Clive’s a life-saver

Clive Moss with his Diamond Award from NHS Blood and Transplant in recognition of him giving 100 donations of blood for the benefit of others

Clive Moss with his Diamond Award from NHS Blood and Transplant in recognition of him giving 100 donations of blood for the benefit of others

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MEET Wigan’s diamond blood giver!

Clive Moss, from Swinley, received a special certificate and badge after he gave a pint of blood to the health service for the 100th time.

Clive, of Lessingham Avenue, first donated blood nearly half a century ago after leaving the Armed Forces, and he has been giving blood in order to help others ever since.

A fireman for 27 years, Clive’s sense of duty and service to the community has kept him returning to the donor’s chair ever since. He even marked his milestone donation, which took place earlier this month at the DW Stadium, by giving the staff at NHS Blood and Transplant a typically Wigan gift.

Clive, 73, said: “I served in the Grenadier Guards and then I joined the staff at Wigan fire station.

“I think I just saw an advert in the paper asking for blood donors, although it had been mentioned in the forces too.

“In my family we were always brought up to chip in and do your bit to help one another, so it seemed a very natural progression to put something back into society.

“For the 100th donation, I bought a jar of Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls and I counted them out so there were exactly 100 toffees in the jar, and I then gave that to the staff at the blood service.

“I still get a lot of satisfaction from that feeling of helping somebody else.

“A pint of blood can help several people, so how many people have been helped by donations of 100 pints?”

The blood service is currently in the middle of a huge recruitment campaign to bring in 100,000 new donors in 100 days after the number of people giving blood, particularly those aged between 17 and 24 who make up around 40 per cent of the national donor list, dropped sharply.