Blood donors honoured

PUBLISHED: 11:58 09 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:23 26 October 2009

Left to right (front): Annette Worton, Potters Bar, 77 donations; Sarah Thompson, guest speaker; Carol West, WGC, 100 donations. Back: James Putman, St Albans, 75 donations; Barry Finch, South Mimms, 75 donations; Mark Thompson, guest speaker

Left to right (front): Annette Worton, Potters Bar, 77 donations; Sarah Thompson, guest speaker; Carol West, WGC, 100 donations. Back: James Putman, St Albans, 75 donations; Barry Finch, South Mimms, 75 donations; Mark Thompson, guest speaker

A RETIRED midwife has been rewarded for her outstanding life-saving support of the National Blood Service (NBS). Having given 100 blood donations, Carol West, of Mitchell Close, WGC, was presented with a crystal decanter at a ceremony for Hertfordshire bl

A RETIRED midwife has been rewarded for her outstanding life-saving support of the National Blood Service (NBS).

Having given 100 blood donations, Carol West, of Mitchell Close, WGC, was presented with a crystal decanter at a ceremony for Hertfordshire blood donors.

Held at the New Connaught Rooms in Holborn, London, the NBS awards dinner honoured the bubbly woman and all those who have helped changed people's lives.

Carol, who has given blood since the age of 18, told the WHT how honoured she was to receive her prize.

She said: "I had a lovely time at the awards and was made to feel so special.

"I was greeted by the team before I had a chance to even put my toe on the doorstep!"

Guest speaker at the event, Sarah Thompson, told how blood donors had saved her life after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

She thanked everyone who has given blood on behalf of all the patients who have needed transfusions.

Carol added: "I am honoured to receive the award and people needn't be afraid about giving blood as it doesn't hurt and I would encourage everyone to become a donor."

Other Times Territory residents honoured at the bash were Annette Worton, from Potters Bar and Barry Finch of South Mimms, who have given 77 and 75 donations respectively.

A NBS spokesman said: "We are very grateful to all the donors who attended our awards dinner.

"One donation can potentially help three hospital patients, and each donor has helped to save at least 225 lives."

For more information on giving blood contact the NBS on 0845 7711711 or visit www.blood.co.uk

n BLOOD donor sessions will take place at Woodhall Community Centre in WGC on Monday.

Times at the Mill Green Road venue are from 12.45pm to 3.30pm, and from 5pm to 7.15pm.

Sessions will also run at the Wyllyotts Centre in Potters Bar on Tuesday at the same times.

If you miss these, a mobile donor unit will be outside Morrisons in Black Fan Road, WGC, next Saturday, January 19 from 9.30am until 12.30pm, and from 2pm to 4.30pm.

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