Alan’s 75th pint!

Alan Hawkes has recieved a trophy for giving 75 donations of blood. (D512B401)
Alan Hawkes has recieved a trophy for giving 75 donations of blood. (D512B401)

When Alan Hawkes first donated a pint, he thought he might get a pint in return, but he had to settle for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Now, 50 years on, Alan has given a mammoth 75 donations of blood and has been rewarded with a special trophy.

Alan, of East Bierley, said he was initially tricked into becoming a blood donor, but he has never regretted rolling up his sleeve to help others.

“At the time I was a young lad of about 19 or 20 working in an insurance office. A colleague was trying to persuade me to along and give blood but I said I didn’t really fancy it.

“She then said I’d get a pint of Guinness afterwards – and I’m still waiting! There was no Guinness, but a cup of tea instead. I thought: ‘I’ve been had!’

“But years later I met her again and thanked her for putting me on the right track.

“I suppose 75 donations is an achievement, but it’s not something I ever thought about when I started.”

Alan, who is now a volunteer driver for Marie Curie Cancer charity, was presented with his crystal trophy at a dinner for the donors.

“There was a speaker who had been on the receiving end of pints and pints of blood which saved their life, and that really brought home to you how important it is to donate,” he said.

“In my experience, it’s nothing – it takes half an hour to donate and I’ve never suffered any ill effects. If you are worried, go along with a friend, and there is always the knowledge that you can be helping three people with every donation you make.

“I’m really pleased to have reached 75 donations – now 100 is the next big target.”