Parkwood resident hits milestone 400th blood donation

Susan Huckerby (Parkwood) has reached her 400th blood donation. Picture: Jon Hewson. d486295
Susan Huckerby (Parkwood) has reached her 400th blood donation. Picture: Jon Hewson. d486295

SHE may give blood fortnightly, but Susan Huckerby says the pride of knowing she is helping someone never diminishes – no matter how often she donates.

Ms Huckerby has reached a major donor milestone, having clocked up 400 donations since her initial donation as an 18-year-old.

Australian Red Cross estimates she has donated close to 190 litres of plasma, which has helped save approximately 12,000 lives.

One life she saved was that of her own mother, who developed an ulcer on her leg in her 80s following a nasty fall that would not heal.

Ms Huckerby said the feeling of knowing she was helping someone never went away and she was proud to be a donor.

“I feel really proud and so happy I can still do it, that I’m fit and healthy and able to do it,” she said.

“It is a great feeling knowing someone is being saved from your blood donation.”

The Parkwood resident said National Blood Donor Week, which runs from September 2-8, was an important reminder for people to donate if they were able to.

“You never know when you could need it yourself and if you leave it to other people, that seems a shame,” she said.

“I can understand why some people don’t do it, my youngest son hates the thought of blood and can’t consider doing it, but I think it’s something most people should consider doing it at least once.”