The man who’s saved 1350 lives

Geoffrey Pearson was honoured for donating 450 times.
Geoffrey Pearson was honoured for donating 450 times.

He recalls being asked by a colleague to donate, and has remained committed to the cause.

He was recognised over the weekend as being among Perth’s milestone donors for donating 450 times. The event, at Winthrop Hall on July 26, was held during National Blood Donor Week which recognises the life-saving contributions of blood, bone marrow and Anti-D donors.

Mr Pearson said his mother received blood transfusions due to cancer, and his daughter had just started receiving transfusions, so his commitment to donate plasma fortnightly has been strengthened by their need for blood products.

Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet said the donations had improved the lives of many, including new mothers, cancer patients and people undergoing emergency surgery.

‘When you give a blood donation you make an amazing difference not only to the recipient but also to their loved ones.’