50 of the most dedicated blood donors in Inverness were honoured at the Scottish Blood Donors Award Ceremony last night.
The Ceremony, which took place at the Iron Works, Inverness, is an annual event to reward and thank Scotland’s most committed blood donors. Donors will be presented with commemorative awards to mark 50, 75,100, 150 and 200 and donations. Every blood 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 and The Highland Council.
Deborah McNaughton, Head of Donor Services (Northern Arch) says:
"The Donor Awards Ceremony is a special event to recognise the invaluable contribution blood donors have made to Scottish healthcare. This year we celebrate the efforts of dedicated individuals who will be collecting awards from 50 to 200 donations.
"The commitment shown from the Highlands is amazing; we visit many communities across the region and see so many familiar faces each time we return. For these donors their contributions have been building up over the years and even decades. When you think of the countless lives they will have helped change, it makes you realise just what an honour it is to present them with their awards."
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Blood donor stories
Three of the blood donors to be recognised at the ceremony - Willie McCook, Robert Jack, and Craig Munro - will be receiving awards for 200 donations. Each was asked about giving blood and what they thought about the decline in new blood donors.
Willie McCook, from Elgin, gives platelets.
"My mum was in hospital a lot when I was growing up so when my older brother mentioned giving blood, it took little persuasion to get me to go along.
"Giving blood is an important thing to do and I encourage all my friends and family to give blood if they are able. I’m actually a twin and as my brother started at the same time as me, we have pretty much the same number of donations."
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Robert Jack, from Inverness, gives whole blood.
"I don’t remember when I became aware of donating blood, but I always remember feeling like it was our duty to give blood if we could. I first gave blood in 1973 at one of the community sessions in Inverness and have been doing it ever since.
"If you are thinking about giving blood, you should take the time to actually do it. I don’t think people feel the same sense of duty as we did previously, but blood is something we cannot take for granted.’
Craig Munro, from Inverness, gives platelets.
"Giving blood is just something we all have to do. I was 17 when I first gave blood, an older friend of mine said it was a good thing to do. Once I’d done it, it just became something I did. Over the years I have given whole blood, plasma and now platelets.
"It’s a shame that the thought of giving blood will have never even occurred to so many people. If you are able to give blood then I think everyone should take the time to."