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Bromley and Orpington blood donors honoured at NHS ceremony

PUBLISHED: 12:55 29 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:55 29 August 2013

Sarah-Jane Durman, of Bromley, with  Dr Lorna Williamson of NHS Blood and Transplant and fellow donors, Gillian Sammons and Pat Best.

Sarah-Jane Durman, of Bromley, with Dr Lorna Williamson of NHS Blood and Transplant and fellow donors, Gillian Sammons and Pat Best.

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A group of dedicated blood donors from Bromley and Orpington were recognised for their loyalty and commitment at an NHS award ceremony last week.

David Mackie with Dr Lorna Williamson and Fred Potts, of Orpington.David Mackie with Dr Lorna Williamson and Fred Potts, of Orpington.

The five donors, who have helped save more than 8,000 lives between them, were handed crystal gongs at the ceremony at the Hilton Hotel, in Green Park, London.

Sarah-Jane Durman, Gillian Sammons and Pat Best, all of Bromley, were joined by David Mackie and Fred Potts, both of Orpington, in receiving the accolade.

John Canning, of NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s wonderful that we can call on people who have dedicated themselves to giving blood over so many years, performing a life-saving role for no reward, other than the knowledge that they are helping others.

“I hope these donors inspire existing donors to keep giving regularly and also encourage new donors to sign up to start their blood donation journey.”

Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50kg and in good health can start donating. To find your nearest donation, visit blood.co.uk.

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