Thanks to those who give life-saving blood

Dedicated blood donors from Scarborough, who have given blood hundreds of times between them, have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives. James Berriman received a crystal decanter for an amazing 100 donations. Only 1% of all blood donors reach this milestone, so it really is an outstanding achievement. Janet Atkinson, David Chapman, Peter Eade and Brenda Simpson were presented with crystal plates after reaching the wonderful milestone of 75 donations. Submitted pic
Dedicated blood donors from Scarborough, who have given blood hundreds of times between them, have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives. James Berriman received a crystal decanter for an amazing 100 donations. Only 1% of all blood donors reach this milestone, so it really is an outstanding achievement. Janet Atkinson, David Chapman, Peter Eade and Brenda Simpson were presented with crystal plates after reaching the wonderful milestone of 75 donations. Submitted pic

Dedicated blood donors from Scarborough, who have given blood hundreds of times between them, have been recognised for helping save lives.

Five blood donors have been rewarded for their commitment to helping hospital patients.

Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of up to three people so if a donor has given blood 100 times they have potentially helped save the lives of up to 300 patients in local hospitals through donating blood - and could have helped up to 225 people if they reach 75 donations.

They were honoured at a recent awards ceremony held by NHS Blood and Transplant.

James Berriman received a crystal decanter for an amazing 100 donations. Only 1 per cent of all blood donors reach this milestone, so it really is an outstanding achievement.

Janet Atkinson, David Chapman, Peter Eade and Brenda Simpson (not pictured) were presented with crystal plates after reaching the wonderful milestone of 75 donations.

James Berriman, from Sherburn, started donating in 1963.

The 70-year-old said: “My father had a serious illness and needed blood which prompted me to start.

“It’s a very worthy cause and I’d tell people don’t hesitate, there is nothing to be afraid of.”

Brenda Simpson, aged 59, has been giving blood for about 40 years.

The civil servant, from Scarborough, said: “Competing in motor sport in various local, national and international rallies prompted me to start giving.

“I needed my blood group displayed on the side of the car, giving blood was the easiest way to find out what my blood group was.

“I was aware through motorsport of how much blood is needed and continued to attend.”

The ceremony took place at the Royal York Hotel and the awards were presented by grateful Yorkshire blood recipient David Copes.

Mr Copes needed 40 units of blood after receiving horrific injuries in a motorcycle accident near Leeds.

The donors were joined by others from across Yorkshire, with around 30 donors being recognised for their dedication.

To find out more or book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk

Anyone aged 17 and over and in good health could become a donor and potentially start saving lives.