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11 November 2016

Glasgow Blood Donor Awards 2016

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Earlier this week, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and Glasgow City Chambers had the pleasure of honouring 114 donors at the Glasgow Blood Donor Awards.

Held annually in the Glasgow City Chambers, the Glasgow Blood Donor Awards recognise the contributions of donors who have made 75, 100, 125, 150, 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 450 and 500+ donations. Every blood and platelet donor who has reached one of these landmark donations during the past year is invited to attend the ceremony, which is hosted by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service in partnership with the Scottish Blood Donor Association.

Guest Speaker 

We were delighted to welcome Ifty Ali, Vice Chairman, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) as our guest speaker. The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign encourages people of all communities in Scotland to give blood during the holy month of Muharram – the Islamic New Year. SABS organise annual blood donation events in Scotland, throughout the year.

Ifty Ali, Vice Chairman, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society
Ifty Ali, Vice Chairman, Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society

Blood Donor Stories

Here are just a few of the stories from our award level donors

David Patterson with Head of Donor Services Lynne Willdigg
David Patterson with Head of Donor Services Lynne Willdigg

David Patterson was awarded for reaching a milestone of 100 donations. During 30 years of serving with the police, David has seen many people receive blood, whether due to an accident or sudden illness. A number of years ago his wife had a sudden illness which was life threatening and she received blood during a lengthy operation. Since then he has made sure he gives blood every 12 weeks. Both he and his wife are extremely grateful to the donors who saved her life.

Alexander Cowie pictured with Bailie Anne Simpson, Deacon Convener Keith Brown and Neil Evans
Alexander Cowie pictured with Bailie Anne Simpson, Deacon Convener Keith Brown and Neil Evans

Platelet donor Alexander Cowie was honoured for his achievement of 350 donations. He first started giving blood at 18 when his mother needed a blood transfusion. While giving birth to Alexander's young brother, she hemorrhaged and needed 18 pints of blood as she was slowly fading away.  With the help of the surgeons and blood donors his mother made a full recovery.

Peter Mabon and Bailie Anne Simpson
Peter Mabon and Bailie Anne Simpson

Peter Mabon received an award for making 75 donations. His commitment to giving blood means that he has never been able to get a tattoo, Peter wanted one when Kilmarnock won the Scottish Cup in 1977 but he doesn't want to wait 12 months between donations. He says will get it done when he retires from donating, but hopes to reach 100 donations first.

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