Bicton man’s weekly plasma donations have saved more than 1000 lives

Robert Lockley from Bicton.
Robert Lockley from Bicton.

AT 74 years of age, Rob Lockley still makes a plasma donation every Thursday and to date has saved more than 1000 lives.

He has clocked up 365 donations since his first donation in 1961.

“It seemed the natural things to do at the time,” the Bicton resident said.

“I’ve always held the Red Cross in high esteem.”

Mr Lockley said his commitment to the blood service was driven in part by the knowledge that Red Cross parcels sustained at least three of his uncles who were prisoners of war in Poland, Italy and Changi during World War II.

He used to joke it was the blood service’s iced coffee that kept him donating through the decades, but with juice on the menu instead these days it seems his dedication runs deeper than a caffeinated drink.

As a common O+ blood type, Mr Lockley said he was on a dedicated call list for a couple of years to be contacted if urgent plasma donations were needed to help newborn babies.

An interest in medicine also seems to run in the family.

“I’ve always been involved in medicine and if I was not so lazy I would’ve studied in the field but I did farming,” he said.

Mr Lockley married a nurse and one of his daughters is a doctor while another daughter is in physiotherapy administration.

One granddaughter works as a doctor, and another is a student nurse.

Mr Lockley is one of 27 blood donors in the City of Melville this year to make milestone donations.

Plasma donations can be used to create 18 life-saving treatments, from heart surgery and critical bleeds to infection control.

People can sign up to donate blood if aged between 16 and 70 years old and existing donors can continue donating blood until 81 years of age, if their health permits.

National Blood Donor Week is an annual celebration of blood donors from June 11 to 17.

To donate call 13 14 95, or visit for more information.

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