NHS BLOOD and Transport has given awards to 33 dedicated blood donors, all recognised for their altruistic acts after saving or improving the lives of up to 8,475 patients between them.
And one man from Midhurst took centre stage at the ceremony, receiving an award for the 75th donation he has given. Simon Apps was recognised for the hours of his time he has given up to go along and donate blood.
The number of donations he has made could have saved scores of lives.
Mr Apps, who works as a forester, has been a blood donor since 1977.
He said: “I was prompted to start giving blood as I wanted to know my blood group and help people in need.
“It costs a little time but no pain, so what better than to give blood to help the sick?”
Blood donors from Kent, West Sussex, Surrey, London and Hampshire were rewarded by NHS Blood and Transplant for their selfless dedication to blood donation at the awards ceremony held at the Hilton hotel, Green Park, London.
John Canning is lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant.
He said: “The majority of these donors have been giving blood over a number of decades and we are eternally grateful for the commitment they have shown to saving lives.
“These are incredible people who often don’t think about how many lives they could have helped to save.
“We are proud to reward these exceptional people and hope others will be inspired to follow in their footsteps as we need around 200,000 new registrations every year to replace donors who can no longer donate.
“These donors’ achievements are no mean feat, it’s dedication and generosity that makes that difference.”
Honoured with crystal awards at the ceremony, each donor has potentially saved the lives of up to three people with each donation they have made.
If a donor has given blood 100 times they may have helped save the lives of up to 300 patients.
Out of the four per cent of the eligible population who give blood, only three per cent ever manage to reach 75 donations and just one per cent reach 100.
To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or for further information visit www.blood.co.uk