Blood donor James Stubbs is recognised for donating 100 times

Presentation from National Blood Service - James Stubbs receives his decanter for donating 100 units of blood from Georgina Norris'Photo: SM170212-091js

Presentation from National Blood Service - James Stubbs receives his decanter for donating 100 units of blood from Georgina Norris'Photo: SM170212-091js

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A BLOOD donor has been recognised for his amazing achievement of giving blood 100 times.

James Stubbs, 67, made his 101st donation at Stamford Free Church on Friday, January 17.

James, of Kesteven Road, Stamford first gave blood in 1966 and has been donating two to three times a year ever since.

He was presented with a crystal decanter for his efforts by the NHS Blood and Transplant on Friday last week.

James said: “It feels fantastic and I’m very proud to have given my 101st donation.

“I first gave blood at Tallington in 1966. A man knocked on my door and asked if I’d be willing to give blood and I said yes, thinking it was a laugh, and then he came round a few days later, took my blood and that’s how it all started.

“I had no idea I would be sitting here 46 years later.

“I’m just happy and pleased to think I have helped someone else less fortunate than myself.

“And I’m chuffed with the decanter. I’ll probably fill it with water and it will sit nicely in my cabinet at home.”

A unit of blood is taken during each donation. One unit can save the lives of up to three people.

With giving blood two to three times every year for the past 46 years, it is estimated that more than 300 people have benefited from James’ donations.

Donor relations coordinator Georgina Norris said: “What a wonderful person James is.

“With the amount of blood he’s given, he’s potentially saved over 300 lives.

“And it’s not just the people he’s helped he’s had an impact on but it’s their friends, family and colleagues.

“He’s an inspiration and I hope people will come forward and follow his example.”

James received a badge for his 50th donation and a glass plate for his 75th. He has no plans to stop donating.

James said: “As long as I’m healthy, I want to keep going. It would be nice to get a further award.”

The next sessions at the church are being held on Friday, March 16 and Friday, March 30, from 1pm to 3.15pm and 4.30pm to 7pm.

For more information or to book an appointment call the donor line on 0300 123 2323 or visit www.blood.co.uk.