At a recent NHS Blood & Transplant Awards Presentation, a unique trio of three members of Haywards Heath Harriers each received an award recognising their individual donations of 100 pints of blood. The event took place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday, 28th February 2014. David is still a regular donor. He first gave blood whilst serving with the Royal Navy, and has donated in exotic places such as Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and Hong Kong. “I think it is a privilege to be able to donate blood in the hope that it helps those who require it.’ Julie has been giving blood/platelets for over 25 years, with short breaks around the time of the births of her two boys. It has been very important to me to give 100 donations and I will continue to give for as long as I can, as it is such a worthwhile cause, giving back to society.” Rupert donated his first pint of blood in July 1964, and was very pleased to receive an award in 2014 in recognition of the donation of his 100th pint.
The three are pictured from left to right, David Walker, Julie Essex and Rupert Purchase.
Report and picture contributed by David Walker.