Local man honoured for 75 donations of blood

THREE members of staff at Stracathro Hospital, including a former Montrose man, have donated an outstanding 175 units of blood to the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service.

Building supervisor Murray Paton, who was educated in the town, and who lived here until quite recently, was joined in a ceremony by remote blood issue project nurse Jim Henderson and physiotherapy assistant Moira Beedie.

Murray, who now lives in Forfar, was presented with a Caithness glass paperweight to mark his 75 donations of blood.

Jim and Moira, both Brechin, received Gold Award badges to mark their 50 donations.

The trio first started donating blood in the 1970s and over the years they have continued to show their support for the service by donating blood often more than once a year.

Murray told the Review: “I think I can speak on behalf of Jim and Moira when I say that giving blood is a simple thing to do.

“It doesn’t take long and it is good to know that such a small voluntary act can help save a life.”

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service says just three teaspoonfuls of your blood could save the life of a premature baby.

The next blood-donating sessions at Montrose will be on Monday and Tuesday, May 21 and 22, at the Town Hall.

On both occasions they will be from 2.30 to 8pm.

There are also sessions at Dickson Hall, Station Road, Laurencekirk, on March 15, 2.30 to 5pm and 6 to 8.30pm; and The Sports Centre, Kirkburn, Inverbervie, on March 21 and July 5, 5 to 7.30pm.

Visit www.scotblood.co.uk or call 0845 90 90 999 to find out where and when you can donate blood.