David reaches his century

Blood donor David Wilkinson.
Blood donor David Wilkinson.

A DEDICATED blood donor from north Northumberland has racked up a century of donations.

David Wilkinson, from Alnwick, was invited to an awards ceremony at Close House in Hexham after donating 100 pints of blood.

The 66-year-old made his first donation in 1970 after a work colleague took him along and since then he reckons he has only missed donating about four times.

Mr Wilkinson, a retired joiner, said that he did it so that he was ‘doing something for someone else.’

“You don’t know who you are helping but you never know if you might need help and I wouldn’t feel bad then,” he said.

Mr Wilkinson also said that he enjoyed the ceremony in Hexham at which he was presented with a decanter and a certificate.

“They put on a lovely meal and presentation,” he said. “It was a brilliant afternoon and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s nice to be recognised.”

Donating 100 pints is a milestone that only one per cent of all donors reach.

For more information on giving blood, see www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 1232323.