Dedicated donors are honoured as life-savers
Two dedicated blood donors have been recognised for their work to help save lives.
Phil Ellis and Jacqueline Stanyard, both of Coalville, were honoured at a ceremony by NHS Blood and Transplant, for each reaching the milestone of 75 donations.
Giving blood 75 times could potentially have helped save the lives of up to 225 patients.
Phil, 62, who has been a donor for about 40 years, said: "It's doing something worthwhile. It's better to give than receive."
Jacqueline, 63, who started giving blood in 1968, said: "I like to help people in this good cause.
"I met somebody on my first donation who had given blood for many years and I think it inspired me to do the same.
"It gives you a worthwhile feeling for no cost."
The ceremony took place at Mercure Leicester City Hotel and the awards were presented by Jon Dummer, whose life was saved by blood donors.
Mr Dummer, of Belton, near Loughborough, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia more than seven years ago and received more than 100 blood and platelet transfusions.
The 46-year-old, who is married with three daughters, told the donors: "If it wasn't for people such as you, my wife would have lost her husband.
"I am indebted to the kindness of strangers.
"It is a very special thing to save someone's life and it is guaranteed that many lives have been saved by all your dedication. You really are very special people."
Seventy donors in total were recognised for their dedication.
Donor sessions are being held at Snibston Discovery Park, in Ashby Road, Coalville, on Tuesday, April 16, and Sunday, May 5.
To book an appointment, call the Donor Line on 0300 123 2323, or visit: