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Russell's Story

Canterbury

I have been a blood donor since I was 18 years old, I am now 68 years old.
When I gave my first donation the Blood Bank was in the old Christchurch Hospital. At that time they took the test sample from the ear lobe and localized the point of needle entry.

At birth I was given a transfusion, so decided giving back was a good thing to do. I have been blessed with good health and have visited the Blood bank every 4 months since, and in that time I have given 181 units of whole blood.

Staying fit and healthy has allowed me to give for so long, I intend to give as long as I am able and my blood is needed.