3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013
By Cara Cunningham
A KNUTSFORD councillor is urging more people to roll up their sleeves and help save lives this weekend.
Clr Andrew Malloy has been donating blood for more than 21 years, and on August 30 he will be making his 65th donation at the Civic Centre on Toft Road.
The dedicated donor is now appealing to those who shy away from needles to face their fears and help save lives.
Clr Malloy said: “I have never liked needles. Even now I don’t watch the needle going in but I still do it. I know how important it is.
“It doesn’t take long to do and makes such a difference.”
Clr Malloy’s efforts have been recognised by the NHS and his 50th donation earned him a prestigious Gold Award.
He said: “One donation can potentially save up to three lives, and 65 by three is a hell of a lot of lives.
“They are always crying out for new donors. If you are in the position to donate it’s worthwhile.”
The afternoon blood donation session at the Civic Centre takes place on Friday from 1.45pm to 4pm. The evening session takes place from 5.30pm to 7.45pm.
Anyone aged over 17, weighing more than 50 kg (7st 12 lbs) and in general good health could potentially become a blood donor. For more information visit blood.co.uk
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