A Hemel Hempstead man has donated 100 pints of blood since his brother David was involved in a serious motorbike accident about 40 years ago.
Jeff Morgan, 76, of Meadow Road, was recently rewarded for his efforts.
He said: “I have been giving blood ever since. I was stopped when I was 70 – but they called me back.
“David broke a lot of bones and had to be pinned together after coming off his bike in Harrow. He still has some pins in his legs.”
Jeff hopes that by donating blood, he can help other people like David.
Jeff said: “I do not think there’s more than about seven or eight pints of blood in the body, but it keeps being built up all the time.
“Giving blood now is quite painful as I have got quite a lot of scar tissue on my arms from where the needle goes in to get the blood.”
Jeff was given a diamond award for his efforts in a special ceremony at the Hilton London Green Park Hotel. Just 11 people were rewarded for donating 100 pints of blood during the event.
Dominic Sutherland, lead donor relations manager for the NHS Blood and Transplant service, said: “We are very grateful to Jeff Morgan for his commitment and loyalty to blood donation over the years.
“Reaching the 100th donation milestone is definitely something to be proud of.
“Taking time to donate blood is one of the most selfless and generous things you can do to help others and we hope that he will continue to donate as long as he is able to.”
Every year 1,000 people die waiting for a transplant. However, only four per cent of people regularly give blood, and only 31 per cent of us have joined the Organ Donor Register.
You can give blood up to three times a year. It takes no longer than an hour per session, and it can be arranged entirely at your convenience.
Your blood will be used to help a variety of patients, such as a mother in the delivery room, a child with leukaemia, a burns victim or people with conditions that require regular blood transfusions.