Award for John after giving blood 75 times

Blood donor John Shaw.Picture Richard Ponter 134014
Blood donor John Shaw.Picture Richard Ponter 134014
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A Scarborough man is hoping to inspire other people to give blood after receiving an award following his 75th donation.

John Shaw, 76, of Stepney Road, started giving blood around 40 years ago.

The former amusement arcade owner and travelling fairground showman said: “I had a couple of friends who needed transfusions, so it made me want to do something to help.

“I get a great deal of satisfaction from it.”

Mr Shaw, who is originally from Wakefield, gives blood three times a year and always goes to the donor sessions at Westborough Church.

He said: “I’m always pleased to do it. My family give blood as well, especially my daughter.

“I’m going to keep it up as long as I can and I’ve already booked my next session.”

Mr Shaw added that most people stop giving blood when they’re 70, but he was fit and well, he was invited to continue.

But he is concerned that as regular donors “retire” from giving blood, not enough younger people are coming forward to bridge the gap.

Mr Shaw said: “I would encourage other people to do it. It saves lives and it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort.”

At his most recent appointment, Mr Shaw was presented with a badge and certificate in recognition of his long-standing support.

NHS Blood and Transplant told The Scarborough News that the change of weather sees the start of the cold and flu season, which can mean existing donors are unable to donate whilst they are unwell.

With only four per cent of the eligible population giving blood regularly, it is important that others come forward to donate blood if they are able to do so.

Donna Batty, lead donor relations manager, said: “For many, October can be a quieter time of the year socially and, with the dark nights drawing in, it can be tempting to stay indoors.

“However, we would ask people to fight the urge to hibernate and save lives instead.

“If you are generally in good health you could potentially help to save up to three lives with every donation you give. Colds and flu can have a knock-on effect with blood stocks, this is why we need people to act now to help save and improve patients’ lives across England and North Wales.”

For more information or to book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

The next session at Westborough Church is on Tuesday October 15 from 2pm to 4pm and 5pm to 7pm. Booking essential.