Bury St Edmunds blood donor with rare blood type marks 100th donation

Tony Allen (centre) is presented with a medal for his 100th blood donation by chief executive of the

Tony Allen (centre) is presented with a medal for his 100th blood donation by chief executive of the firm Mr Allen works for, Treatt, Daemmon Reeve (far left) and Natalie Shaw from NHS Blood and Transplants - Credit: Archant

A Bury St Edmunds blood donor with a rare blood type made his 100th blood donation on Tuesday.

Tony Allen has the unusual O RH negative blood type – the only blood that can be given to anyone regardless of their blood type.

One unit of blood can help save the lives of three people, meaning Mr Allen may have saved as many as 300 people with his 100 donations.

He said: “Donating blood is something that I really believe in, I have seen friends and work colleagues who have received multiple pints of blood and blood products, and I’m glad to be able to help.”

NHS Blood is looking for more people to follow in Mr Allen’s footsteps and donate blood over the Autumn, to help those in hospitals needing blood transfusions get the donations they need.

To find out how to give blood and when mobile sessions will be in your area, visit the website here.


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