The donor, one of WA’s top 50, began donating in 1974 with his colleagues’ encouragement.
‘I’ve always made time to do it,’ he said.
‘It’s just a way I can help the community, it costs me nothing.’
Mr Northrop is also thankful to be a registered bone marrow donor, having seen the comfort a positive match can give ” his nine-year-old nephew is in hospital with leukaemia, and has a marrow donor identified for the future.
Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the fact that many people went on holiday this time of year depleted stocks of platelets, which were vital to treat cancer patients but only had a five-day shelf life.
‘We know Christmas is an important time for everyone to spend with family and friends, but spare a thought for the many Australians who have a loved one in hospital and in need of blood, with the hope of spending another Christmas together,’ she said.
– Call 13 14 95 to make an appointment for the critical December 23 to January 3 period.