80-year-old woman becomes UK’s oldest blood donor after donating 130 pints
Christine Newnham, 80, has saved many lives and has never missed an appointment with her blood bank. The retired nurse has donated three times a year since she was 24
A great-grandmother is believed to have become the UK’s oldest blood donor after donating 130 pints in 56 years.
Christine Newnham, 80, has saved many lives and has never missed an appointment with her blood bank.
The retired nurse has donated three times a year since she was 24. She said: “I was a nurse so the needles never bothered me. I was happy to donate blood. It made me really happy because I want to save lives.
“It’s very simple to do and it doesn’t take a lot of time. I also met so many people at the donor center, I have so many friends there now that I can’t keep up.
The NHS is short of 75,000 blood donors compared to what it needs to recover from Covid, having relied on its smallest donor pool in the 21st century during the pandemic.
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Christine, from Sittingbourne, Kent, saw the benefits of donating blood after a handful of her close family members fell ill.
She said: “When my daughter-in-law’s father fell ill with a rare form of leukaemia, he needed many transfusions.
“He had more time with all of us and it was all down to blood donations, it’s an amazing thing.
“I had two women who approached me at the blood bank and thanked me for saving their lives.
“I tried to explain that it could have been anyone’s blood, but they kept thanking me. It makes me cry every time I think about it. »
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