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Jeff's Story

I have been giving platelets once a month at the National Blood Centre in the grounds of St. James's Hospital for some time now. Although on occasions it can take me a good bit of time to get to the clinic, I always make the effort to go as I know there are people who are sitting in hospitals who need my donations and I don't want to let them down.Picture of Jeff, blood and platelet donor

I started to give blood when I was 18 years old and I gave so often that they asked me to consider giving platelets. At a Donor Award night a few years ago, attended by those who had given platelets and blood for years, a cancer survivor told her story about when she would receive platelets as part of her treatment. She read extracts from her diary in which she thanked those anonymous people who had helped save her life. It was then that I realised that by giving platelets I really was making a difference.

To help to give people their health back is, in my view, an honour and I will continue to give platelets as long as they are needed.

Jeff – Blood & Platelet Donor since 1989, 113donations to date

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