Honoured for 100 donations

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AN ‘INSPIRING’ Ilkeston blood donor has been honoured for giving 100 blood donations over nearly 50 years.

Derby County fan John Chapman, 66, was presented with a crystal decanter after his milestone donation at the club’s ground at Pride Park.

Retired toolmaker John gave his first donation in 1962 when a work colleague dared him to do it and says he has continued ever since because he enjoys helping others.

“Donating blood is such a worthwhile cause and doesn’t hurt at all,” he said.

“I was apprehensive the first time, but then just got used to it as I realised the difference my blood was making to other people’s lives.

“I know several people who have needed blood during surgery and in treatment for cancer and I’m just glad I’m still able to help.”

John worked at Rolls Royce, British Aerospace and later at Nottingham University.

He regularly donates blood at Pride Park, where he is a season ticket holder.

Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We were delighted to present Mr Chapman with his crystal decanter.

“It is truly inspiring that he has been donating blood for nearly 50 years and has given 100 donations.

“Only one per cent of blood donors reach this milestone so he should be very proud of this achievement.”

The next session to donate blood in the Ilkeston area is at Awsworth Village Hall on Wednesday March 23.

First time donors should be aged between 17 and 65, weighing at least 7st 12lbs and in general good health. To book an appointment call the 0300 123 2323 or visit www.blood.co.uk.