A Sneaton man was honoured for rolling up his sleeves to help save lives at a recent awards ceremony.
Retired driver Ronald Welsh of Beacon Way was recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) for reaching 75 blood donations.
He has given blood for almost 40 years. Only around four per cent of people eligible give blood and of that four per cent, only two percent ever reach 75 donations.
Mr Welsh (64) first started attending sessions as his wife was a donor.
He said: “It is a simple, painless thing to do, two or three times a year. It doesn’t take up too much of my time and is my way of helping others. You never know when you may need blood for yourself or other family members.”
Mr Welsh was presented with a commemorative crystal award to mark his achievement during a ceremony at Crathorne Hall Hotel in Yarm.
As each single donation can save up to three lives, Mr Welsh may have helped save 225 patients in local hospitals.
Anyone interested in donating blood can call (0300) 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk. New donors are welcomed between the ages of 17 to 65. There is no upper age limit for existing donors.