Ballajura man (81) misses donating blood after passing age of eligibility


Allan Upston (Ballajura) with enrolled nurse Wendy Ryder, his son-in-law Kevin Banks (Gnangara) and granddaughters Shanae and Sarah Banks (Gnangara). Picture: Martin Kennealey d475322
Allan Upston (Ballajura) with enrolled nurse Wendy Ryder, his son-in-law Kevin Banks (Gnangara) and granddaughters Shanae and Sarah Banks (Gnangara). Picture: Martin Kennealey d475322

RETIREMENT is usually seen as a happy time in a person’s life but not for Allan Upston.

At 81 years old, the Ballajura resident has reached the age limit of being eligible to donate blood.

“I miss it very much,” he said.

“I’m used to going every two weeks to give plasma.”

Mr Upston started donating when he was about 18 and working in coal mines in New Zealand.

“People were often getting hurt out there,” he said.

“There was a big necessity for blood in those days.”

When he moved to Australia, he said he was happy to continue donating.

“As soon as I got here, my donations carried forward,” he said.

Last month, Mr Upston visited the Edgewater Blood Donor Centre to give his 535th and last donation.

Joining him to donate were his son-in-law Kevin Banks and granddaughters Shanae and Sarah Banks, of Gnangara.

For Shanae, this was her first donation while Kevin “had not been in a long time”.

He said they would now all be regular donors.

“I’ll be on their tail all the time,” he said.

Mr Upston said he was happy to encourage others to roll up their sleeves.

“You just have to see all the good it does,” he said.

“It doesn’t take much time out of your life to donate on a regular basis.

“It’s always used for so many different emergencies.”

Mr Upston said he was now considering becoming a volunteer at the donor centre.

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