Giving blood 75 times is ‘inspiration’

Spalding blood donor Peter Admans who is receiving an award for giving blood 75 times. Photo:  SG040613-120TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Spalding blood donor Peter Admans who is receiving an award for giving blood 75 times. Photo: SG040613-120TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Just the thought of giving blood is too much for some people but a volunteer worker from Spalding has braved the needle 75 times and counting.

Peter Admans (57), of Spalding Common, is to be rewarded for his dedication to helping others when he receives a special award in Lincoln on June 20.

He started giving blood while working as a machinist in Stamford in July 1977, the same year as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Elvis Presley’s death and Red Rum’s third Grand National success.

Peter said: “The company I worked for was more or less for it because bosses saw it as a way of doing something for the community and helping other people.

“I thought giving blood wasn’t going to hurt me a lot and if I lost a pint, I would get it back within 48 hours.

“When I first started making donations, I used to go in with a little booklet and I was given sticky labels that had the date of the donation printed on them.

“Now it has changed completely and you just have a card that you carry and a computer that knows how many times you’ve given blood.”

Over the years Peter has given blood at centres in Spalding, including the St Nicolas Hall, and the South Holland Centre.

He said: “We used to lie on beds and hold rubber balls on our hands, but now it’s like going into space because you sit in a chair that tilts back and you think you’re on a launch pad.”

Peter will be presented with an Emerald Award by NHS Blood and Transplant made up of a green donor card, certificate and crystal decanter.

He said: “The NHS told me there aren’t many people who make 75 donations and so it’s quite an achievement.

“But I’m not surprised I’ve done it for so long and I intend to carry on.”