Blood donor trio save 675 lives

Awards handed out to those who donate blood on the Fylde coast(L to R) Gary Rowe, Louisa Whitaker and Peter Hornblower receive their commemorative crystal plates.

Awards handed out to those who donate blood on the Fylde coast(L to R) Gary Rowe, Louisa Whitaker and Peter Hornblower receive their commemorative crystal plates.

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LIFESAVING heroes have been rewarded for rolling up their sleeves and saving hundreds of lives.

Three Fylde coast residents – Gary Rowe from Anchorsholme, Peter Hornblower from Thornton and Louisa Whitaker, from South Shore – have all given 75 donations of blood each.

The milestone is only reached by two per cent of the population, but is as crucial as it is rare, with the trio helping to save 675 lives.

Postman Mr Rowe, 50, is now urging others to give blood.

He said: “I’ve kept giving blood due to the knowledge that it is essential for the good of others.

“Other people should consider becoming donors as they may themselves need blood one day.”

The lifesaving trio each received a crystal plate from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) during a ceremony at the Lancaster House Hotel, Lancaster for their dedication.

Retired local government accountant Mr Hornblower, 68, has been donating since 1964.

He said: “It’s not hard and takes very little time and it may save someone’s life.”

Barbara Blanche, NHSBT’s lead donor relations manager for the Fylde coast, added: “It’s wonderful that we can call on people who have dedicated themselves to giving blood over so many years.

“If you would like to become one of the lifesavers of the future, make an appointment to attend a local session.”

Appointments can be made either by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting our logging on to www.blood.co.uk.