Pair saved up to 550 lives...

Anthony Longmire and Graham Nelson celebrate their life-saving achievements
Anthony Longmire and Graham Nelson celebrate their life-saving achievements

TWO life-savers from Wigan have been commended for their actions by the NHS Blood and Transplant service.

Anthony Longmire from Standish and Graham Nelson of Ashton were presented with a crystal plate after each reached the milestone of 75 blood donations.

Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people so if a donor has given blood 75 times they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 225 patients in local hospitals through donating blood.

Speaking at a special presentation held in Manchester, Mr Longmire, of Pepper Lane, Standish, said that he believes everybody should give blood.

The 57-year-old engineer director, who has been donating for 35 years, said: “A routine call at work one week prompted me to start giving blood then it carried on from there.

“It benefits others, do it – it costs nothing but your time.”

The donors were joined by others from across the North West, with around 45 donors being recognised for their dedication.

The awards ceremony is a way of acknowledging the commitment that long serving blood donors give to saving the lives of others.

It is also hoped it will encourage existing and new donors.

Barbara Blanche, lead donor relations manager at NHSBT, said: “The commitment that these blood donors have shown to donating blood throughout their lives is remarkable and we hope this inspires others to follow.

“Blood has a limited shelf life of 35 days for red blood cells and just seven days for platelets.

“Because of this, it is vital that both existing and new blood donors come forward now, so we can ensure that vital supplies of blood are available for the patients that need them over the coming months.”

Donated blood is used not only in accident and emergency situations, but also for patients undergoing surgery and receiving treatment for cancer and blood diseases, such as leukaemia.

Currently 7,000 units of blood are needed every day to help save the lives of sick and injured patients across England and North Wales.

Anyone aged over 17 and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

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