Blood brothers honoured

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Blood donors across Galloway have been rewarded for their selfless and amazing levels of donations.

Several recently received recog­nition at the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service annual donor awards ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers for their ongoing contributions.

From Newton Stewart, Tom Howatson was presented with his award for 100 pints given, and Gilbert Galloway from Whithorn earned an award for 80 donations.

Stranraer’s George Smith received his award for a 
whopping 130 pints of blood donated.

Derek McCulloch was given a 75 award for 79 donations. Kirkcudbrightshire farmer James Dunlop got his 100 award after 101 donations and Kathleen Riddell from the town got her 75 award for 78 pints.

A spokesperson for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service said: “This ceremony recognises the immense contribution of donors across Scotland, who are the backbone of the National Health Service.

“There were 185 donors receiving an award, ranging from 75 up to 650 donations. Their magnificent commitment totals 22,000 donations of blood.

“Thanks to the efforts of local residents like Tom, Gilbert, James, Kathleen, George and Derek, we continue to supply hospital demand. On behalf of patients in Scottish hospitals, a heartfelt thank you to them and all blood donors who attend our donating sessions in all weathers, ensuring that we continue to meet the transfusion needs of patients in Scotland.”