Mavis clocks up 75 blood donations

Mavis Paling pictured with blood recipient David Copes
Mavis Paling pictured with blood recipient David Copes

A veteran blood donor from Whitby was among those honoured for rolling up her sleeves to help save lives at a recent awards ceremony.

Mavis Paling (65) was recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching 75 donations.

Only around four per cent of the eligible population give blood and of that four percdent only two percent ever reach 75 donations.

And as each single donation can help save up to three lives, Mrs Paling, has been giving blood for 47 years, may have contributed to keeping hundreds of patients alive in local hospitals over the years.

She was presented with a commemorative crystal award to mark her achievement by Yorkshire blood recipient David Copes, during a ceremony at Beverley Racecourse.

Mr Copes, of South Elmsall, needed 40 units of blood after receiving horrific injuries in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident near Leeds.

Anyone interested in becoming a blood donor can make an appointment to attend a local session either by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting our website -

The service welcomes new donors aged 17 to 65 and there is no upper age limit for existing donors.