A man who works for an Ilkeston firm is encouraging more people to give blood — and save lives — after making his 80th donation.
Pete Chaffe, 54, who works for Stanton Bonna, has now donated more than ten gallons of blood after he first started giving when he was 18.
After making his milestone donation last week at Greasley Sports Centre, he said that the inspiration for his continued generosity was having a blood transfusion as a child.
He added: “I was jaundice when I was born, and if it wasn’t for having a blood transfusion then I wouldn’t be here today. By continously donating I feel like I am repaying society for what it did for me many years ago.
“I am just giving a bit back, if it wasn’t for people donating blood then a lot of people wouldn’t be alive. You never know when it might be you.”
Pete, who lives with his wife and eight cats, is a quality control supervisor at the Ilkeston firm.
Apart from a few breaks, he has been giving blood all his adult life and said that there is nothing to it.
He added: “I was born in 1951, and started giving blood in 1978, I have donated ever since.
“You never ever know when it could be you needing the blood, there is nothing to it when it comes to giving.
“Blood that you donate dosen’t just treat people who are in need of a blood transfusion, it can be used to treat cancer patients too.”
To find out more about giving blood or to book an appointment at a local donation session, call the National Blood Service on 0300 123 23 23 or visit the website www.blood.co.uk, which includes eligibility rules.