Blood donor notches double century

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Albany man Paul Springford has been donating blood for 45 years and was recognised by the Albany Blood Donor Centre this week after reaching an impressive total of 200 donations.

Mr Springford was among 32 local blood donors awarded milestone awards to mark National Blood Donor Week.

The week, which runs from June 11-17, acknowledges all donors throughout the country and the work of the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. After moving to Albany three years ago, Mr Springford said the Albany centre was a great place to give blood.

“This blood bank is so good and the staff are great — it’s so cosy and welcoming,” he said.

“it’s almost like you’re part of a family.”

The veteran donor said there were a host of benefits associated with donating.

“It doesn’t take long and there is always a need for blood,” he said.

“There’s just so many people that gain from it.”

Blood service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said blood donations typically dropped during winter and new donors were being encouraged to come forward.

“Together Albany donors have given up close to 2200 litres of blood in the past year, and helped save the lives of almost 14,000 Australians,” Ms Willet said.

“Winter is a traditionally tough time for the blood service because many regular donors can’t give blood due to cold and flu symptoms.

“We’d love to see some new donors give blood at our Albany donor centre to help ensure that we maintain blood stock. ”

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