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Bexley blood donors honoured

PUBLISHED: 17:31 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:31 13 February 2013

Blood donors from the Bexley area celebrate their awards. Back l-r: Derek Whale, Richard Spencer, John Short and Brian Riches. Front l-r: Ralph Cooper, Cyril Brett, speaker Ian Hamerton and Jeff Bishop

Blood donors from the Bexley area celebrate their awards. Back l-r: Derek Whale, Richard Spencer, John Short and Brian Riches. Front l-r: Ralph Cooper, Cyril Brett, speaker Ian Hamerton and Jeff Bishop

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Blood donors from Bexley celebrated their excellent work at an awards ceremony in Bexleyheath.

In total donors from south-east London and Kent saved 22,725 lives in 2012 and the lifesaving efforts of 87 of them were rewarded at the Marriott Hotel in the Broadway earlier this month.

Seven of the winners are from Bexley.

Ian Hamerton, head of donor services at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “In the last year, close to two million units of blood and over 4,000 organs were donated, saving and transforming countless lives.

This year, in south-east London and Kent we need to collect some 54,688 units of blood - a vital contribution to our national target.

“I cannot emphasise enough our appreciation of the commitment you have made over many years.”

Each blood donation can potentially save the lives of three people.

Anyone wanting to donate for the first time should be aged between 17 and 65, weighing at least 50kg and in general good health.

If you have donated before, you can start again up to your 70th birthday and there is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.

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