A knock on the door was all it took to turn Stewart Kendall into a lifesaver.
Stewart (65), a retired engineering buyer with Bourne Salads, has made a staggering 193 donations of blood or plasma in a little over 40 years.
He recalls: “We had a knock on the door. It was somebody doing cold calling, canvassing, and I think it was one of those things where it was easier to say yes rather than no.”
NHS Blood and Transplant says every pint donated can either help or save the lives of up to three people.
Stewart, who lives in Long Sutton, doesn’t like to think of anyone being in a situation where their life needs saving but thinks it’s wonderful the service is there for people who need it.
His story came to light after we featured South Holland siblings Arthur Baldwin and Jane Darley as they were jointly recognised for each donating 100 pints of blood.
Stewart has already inspired two of his three children to become donors and hopes all of the publicity will encourage Spalding Guardian readers to give it a try.
Richard Shortland, NHS Blood and Transplant’s regional manager for blood supply, said: “We are very grateful to Mr Kendall who, as well as being a blood donor for many years, donated plasma for eight years. Plasma donors could donate more frequently and they could donate two units at a time.
“Mr Kendall’s commitment and loyalty to donation has saved and improved many lives. Reaching the milestone of 193 credits for blood and plasma donation is definitely something to be proud of. Taking the time to donate blood is one of the most selfless and generous things you can do to help others and we hope that Mr Kendall will continue to donate as long as he is able to.”
• Find out more about becoming a donor at www.blood.co.uk