Impressive Blood Donor Stage | LincolnshireWorld
Lorraine Hassall, 62, first donated blood in 1977 at the age of 17 – the minimum legal age for blood donations – and has just celebrated her historic 75th donation.
Lorraine, a catering assistant at Banovallum School, said her father had been a blood donor for many years and she suffered from heavy nosebleeds as a child, she wanted to donate blood “as soon as she could”.
“Since then I’ve donated blood regularly and only had to stop when I had my kids,” Lorraine said. “I’m not bothered by the needles at all.”
Lorraine has a B-positive blood type, which is rare because only about eight percent, or one in 13 people, has B-positive blood.
B positive is an important blood type for the treatment of people with sickle cell disease and thalassemia, which affect South Asian and black communities, where B positive blood is more common.
Lorraine said she would encourage anyone who can donate blood to do so:
“It’s painless, it only takes about 20 minutes and you get a free cup of tea and cookies.
“If this story means even one person reads it and decides to go donate blood, then it’s definitely worth it.”
Lorraine said she plans to continue donating blood for as long as possible and if she continues to donate blood three times a year, as is the limit for women, she will be able to receive her 100th donation award in approximately eight years.
Lorraine donates blood at Stanhope Hall in Horncastle. There will be a blood donation session here on Monday, October 17, starting at 1 p.m.
Anyone who is fit and healthy, weighing more than 50 kg and between the ages of 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before), should be able to donate blood.
If you are over 70, you must have given blood within the past two years to continue donating.
To find out more about becoming a blood donor, visit www.blood.co.uk/