Edward Selsby has such special blood that he has just made his 500th donation.
Edward, 73, from Stowupland, was given a certificate to mark the 500th after it was taken at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, who call him when they need his high platelet-count blood.
“It’s used for patients with leukaemia, cancer and for major operations,” he explained.
He has been giving blood since February 12, 1969 – he remembers the exact date because his younger daughter Amanda was born on the next day.
His father had also been a blood donor and had told him; “Come on, boy, I’m taking you down.”
But it was many years later that he was called by a doctor from Addenbrooke’s who asked him to go in for tests, explained what made his blood special and, having taken a donation, asked him to be on call.
Ironically, he has never needed a blood transfusion himself.
He said: “Sometimes my children ask me ‘why do you keep giving?’ and I say ‘what would happen if your children had leukaemia?’
“I would recommend being a blood donor.
“It makes you feel you have achieved something, and that’s only after the first donation, then you get to 50 donations and you aim for 100.”
Platelets are small cells that work with the clotting factors in plasma to form a plug to stop or prevent bleeding.
To find out about blood donation, visit www.blood.co.uk