Five dedicated blood donors from the West Norfolk area have been recognised for rolling up their sleeves to help save lives.
They were honoured at an awards event held by NHS Blood and Transplant at Norwich City Football Club when a total of 123 donors received crystal awards.
Guest speaker Craig Ramshaw, from Thetford, spoke about his son Archie’s need for blood.
In October 2010, Archie was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of anaemia, known by the name of Congenital Sideroblastic Anaemia and since then he has had extensive treatment and receives regular blood transfusions every three weeks.
As Archie is dependant on receiving donated blood the Ramshaw family wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to as many blood donors as possible. Ten-year-old Archie and his dad handed out awards to the donors, helping to add a personal touch to the day.
Mr Ramshaw stated: “The awards Archie has presented today go to some of our region’s most generous people. Blood donors who give so much for the benefit of others really are silent heroes of our society.
“The contribution they make each time they donated blood in saving and improving lives cannot be understated – we are incredibly grateful.”
Each blood donor at the event had potentially saved the lives of up to three people with every donation they have made so may have helped save or improve up to 29,688 lives between them.
Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg (7st 12) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor. There is no upper limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.
For more information on the service or to book an appointment call the donor line on 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk