Lifesaver celebrates after donating 50 pints of blood

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A Buxton woman is to be presented with an award after donating 50 pints of blood.

Linda Grooby, of Harpur Hill, gave her 50th pint at a blood donor drive in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens on Monday.

She said: “I feel quite proud about giving so much blood.”

Linda donates three times a year – the maximum amount allowed.

“Many years ago I had a blood transfusion myself and I’ve seen people receiving blood transfers and it must makes so much difference to a lot of people’s lives,” she explained.

Linda said she had known someone who was suffering from cancer who had also benefitted from a blood transfusion.

“Cancer sufferers can get very low blood counts and it improves their general wellbeing,” she added.

The Lafarge Tarmac worker wants to encourage others to donate blood.

“Even today there are so few people who donate blood in comparison to the population and it’s not really a big drama to do it,” she commented. “It tends to be an hour maximum to do it and it’s only like going for a blood test – most people can do it quite successfully. You don’t event have to see it if you don’t want to.”

Only four per cent of the UK population regularly gives blood and every year 1,000 people die waiting for a transplant.

Further information on blood donation is available by visiting www.blood.co.uk or calling 0300 123 23 23.