Selsey man honoured for donating blood 75 times

Trevor Hunt, of Selsey, with his award for donating blood
Trevor Hunt, of Selsey, with his award for donating blood

A Selsey man has been given an award for donating enough blood to help save thousands of lives.

Dedicated blood donor Trevor Hunt was among 62 donors honoured by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) at an awards event held at The Grand Hotel, in Brighton.

The ceremony honoured long-serving blood donors who had donated blood on at least 75 occasions, with 12 of the lifesavers commended for reaching the 100 donation milestone.

Between them, the donors have given almost 5,000 units of blood – the equivalent of 4,100 pints.

Mr Hunt, 54, received a crystal plate in recognition of making 75 blood donations.

“The ceremony was really good, it was a fantastic day and a lovely lunch,” he said.

“We heard some very moving stories.”

Mr Hunt, of Beach Road, started giving blood soon after his 17th birthday.

He believes incentives should be brought in, such as giving donors free prescriptions, to entice more people to give blood.

“A lot of countries pay people who give blood,” Mr Hunt added.

The awards were presented by Mr Jeremy Bover, a train driver from Gravesend in Kent who gave a moving speech about his young daughter, Georgina, who received vital blood transfusions.

In March 2010, just after her first birthday, Georgina was diagnosed with a very rare kidney cancer, bilateral Wilms’ tumour – a condition so rare that only a few children are diagnosed each year.

Lead donor relations manager at NHSBT John Canning said: “The commitment these people have shown to donating blood throughout their lives is remarkable.”

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17-65, weighing at least 50kg and in general good health.

If you’ve donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years. Call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23.