East Lancs man donates 150 pints of blood

Marvellous donor Neil Stevenson

Marvellous donor Neil Stevenson

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

A KNUZDEN man has been hailed a lifesaver after being recognised by the NHS for donating his 150th pint of blood.

Neil Stevenson, of Abbott Clough Close, received a special certificate after reaching the milestone in June.

The retired BAE aircraft fitter said he had no plans to stop giving blood any time soon.

Mr Stevenson’s blood Type, A-, is carried by just seven per cent of the UK population, and as a result he has to go to Manchester to make a donation because of its importance.

The 61-year-old said: “It has always been something I have liked to do. I have seen a few bad accidents over the years and I know how important it is.

“I have to go to Manchester because the platelets I have are quite rare. The pain doesn’t bother me.”

Mr Stevenson’s blood has been used to help cancer patients, transplant recipients and new-born babies.

Jon Latham, assistant director of donor services and marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant, praised Mr Stevenson’s contributions. He said: “We are hugely grateful for yout time and generosity.

“You have made an incredible difference to the lives of people all over the country, many of whom would not have survived without your help.”

Mr Stevenson said that although he didn’t have a target in mind, there was a good chance he would reach 200 pints.

He said: “Since I have been identified as having the rare platelets, I can go 15 times a year, so at the minute it’s probably about three-to-four weeks between each go.

“I believe you can give until you’re 70 so there is a while to go yet. I’ll just keep going and see what happens.”

The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his or her body. Roughly one pint is given during a donation.

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8:41pm Wed 6 Aug 14

grumpyoldlady says...

Well done. I donated for many years but was 'retired' by the Blood Transfusion Service for health reasons. I hope Mr Stevenson's efforts inspire others to donate.
Well done. I donated for many years but was 'retired' by the Blood Transfusion Service for health reasons. I hope Mr Stevenson's efforts inspire others to donate. grumpyoldlady
  • Score: 7

9:35pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

I'm asking this purely from curiosity, having been a donor myself. The minimum age for donors in this country is 17, and donations are normally limited to two per year, which doesn't correlate with his age and number of donations. Or is the limit raised to something like three per year in the case of a rare blood group? Anyway, well done!
I'm asking this purely from curiosity, having been a donor myself. The minimum age for donors in this country is 17, and donations are normally limited to two per year, which doesn't correlate with his age and number of donations. Or is the limit raised to something like three per year in the case of a rare blood group? Anyway, well done! Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 2

9:40pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 3

10:16pm Wed 6 Aug 14

latinagirl says...

2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
How do you know it was him who went to the paper and not somebody else with this story? Good for him if he did, what have you done to help others? Some people talk only because they have a mouth, geez!
[quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]How do you know it was him who went to the paper and not somebody else with this story? Good for him if he did, what have you done to help others? Some people talk only because they have a mouth, geez! latinagirl
  • Score: 11

10:31pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

latinagirl wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
How do you know it was him who went to the paper and not somebody else with this story? Good for him if he did, what have you done to help others? Some people talk only because they have a mouth, geez!
Probably abused when he/she was a child
[quote][p][bold]latinagirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]How do you know it was him who went to the paper and not somebody else with this story? Good for him if he did, what have you done to help others? Some people talk only because they have a mouth, geez![/p][/quote]Probably abused when he/she was a child Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 4

7:37am Thu 7 Aug 14

madmurphy says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?
Until your son or daughter needs regular blood transfusions. People like you are in a little world of your own. Your ignorance doesn't anger me, it Sadens me.
On the story itself. Well done fella. People like you are the salt of the Earth. Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?[/p][/quote]Until your son or daughter needs regular blood transfusions. People like you are in a little world of your own. Your ignorance doesn't anger me, it Sadens me. On the story itself. Well done fella. People like you are the salt of the Earth. Thank you. madmurphy
  • Score: 5

7:57am Thu 7 Aug 14

Oldmanofthemountains says...

madmurphy wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?
Until your son or daughter needs regular blood transfusions. People like you are in a little world of your own. Your ignorance doesn't anger me, it Sadens me.
On the story itself. Well done fella. People like you are the salt of the Earth. Thank you.
Is your comment directed at me, or "twofer"?
[quote][p][bold]madmurphy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?[/p][/quote]Until your son or daughter needs regular blood transfusions. People like you are in a little world of your own. Your ignorance doesn't anger me, it Sadens me. On the story itself. Well done fella. People like you are the salt of the Earth. Thank you.[/p][/quote]Is your comment directed at me, or "twofer"? Oldmanofthemountains
  • Score: 0

11:28am Thu 7 Aug 14

mardybum79 says...

Well done neil. Lets not lose sight of the good that giving all that blood has done.

2 for5p rides again you must have a right laugh on here with all the hillarious banter going on. Wish I was as funny.
Well done neil. Lets not lose sight of the good that giving all that blood has done. 2 for5p rides again you must have a right laugh on here with all the hillarious banter going on. Wish I was as funny. mardybum79
  • Score: 2

3:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

madmurphy says...

Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
madmurphy wrote:
Oldmanofthemountains wrote:
2 for 5p ridesagain wrote:
I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.
Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?
Until your son or daughter needs regular blood transfusions. People like you are in a little world of your own. Your ignorance doesn't anger me, it Sadens me.
On the story itself. Well done fella. People like you are the salt of the Earth. Thank you.
Is your comment directed at me, or "twofer"?
Not at you pal sorry
[quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]madmurphy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Oldmanofthemountains[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]2 for 5p ridesagain[/bold] wrote: I think because you went running to the LT with your story, you must be after being nominated for a OBE or MBE or whatever other rubish people get awarded with these days.[/p][/quote]Yes, well, you would, wouldn't you?[/p][/quote]Until your son or daughter needs regular blood transfusions. People like you are in a little world of your own. Your ignorance doesn't anger me, it Sadens me. On the story itself. Well done fella. People like you are the salt of the Earth. Thank you.[/p][/quote]Is your comment directed at me, or "twofer"?[/p][/quote]Not at you pal sorry madmurphy
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