Bassendean resident eyes 350th blood donation milestone

Trevor Hoy of Bassendean. Photo: David Baylis
Trevor Hoy of Bassendean. Photo: David Baylis

BASSENDEAN resident Trevor Hoy has helped save 900 lives – including his son-in-law’s – by being a blood donor and is now aiming to reach his 350 milestone next year.

The 57-year-old has notched 329 donations since his first donation at the Midland workshops in 1981.

He is one of the community heroes who will be celebrated during the National Blood Donor Week, which runs from September 2 to 8.

His son-in-law needed blood products when he had two types of cancer since 2013.

The son-in-law has recovered and is now a father of two.

Mr Hoy said the 350th milestone was “just another number”, as the main reason why he donated blood was to give back to the community.

“I am healthy and fit so it is good to give back. It is a two-fold thing – it is a community thing but it is also knowing that I get a health check every two weeks,” he said.

“If you take stuff out, it regenerates and hopefully it makes you better and keeps you healthy.

“It is an hour out of your time, it is not painful – just lie there and enjoy it.”