Milestone for blood donor from Bury St Edmunds

Charles Bradbury ANL-140430-091120001
Charles Bradbury ANL-140430-091120001
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A retired school teacher from Bury St Edmunds has made 103 donations of blood since 1965. Charles Bradbury, 71 said he hoped his donations had saved lives over the last 48 years.

A retired school teacher from Bury St Edmunds has joined the elite club of the one per cent of blood donors who have made more than 100 contributions.

Charles Bradbury, 71, has made 103 donations. He said: “Having given blood a few times, you come to realise how important it is for others to benefit from the simple act of giving blood. Hopefully my blood donation will have helped save many lives over the past 48 years.

“I feel very pleased I was able to reach my 100th donation. This was only possible because the upper age limit of 70 years was extended.”

Derek Carr, lead donor relations manager for East Anglia at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We are very grateful to Mr Bradbury 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.”