Nedlands local a ‘bloody legend’ with over 450 livesaving donations

Nedlands resident Victor Talbot (70) has helped save over 1300 lives with his blood donations, and is being recognised for his efforts during National Blood Donor Week. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Nedlands resident Victor Talbot (70) has helped save over 1300 lives with his blood donations, and is being recognised for his efforts during National Blood Donor Week. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

NEDLANDS local Victor Talbot has helped save more than 1300 lives.

He has donated more than 210 litres of blood over his decades of donating, and is one of the ‘bloody legends’ being recognised by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service for National Blood Donor Week.

Dr Talbot first donated after seeing a sign on the noticeboard at work.

“There was a request for someone to donate blood to a child with leukaemia at Princess Margaret Hospital,” he said.

The environmentalist and keen cyclist’s blood type was the wrong one for that particular patient, but Dr Talbot decided to put his blood to use to help other people.

“It’s easy to help people,” he said.

“Think of the people in hospital who are sick and depending on that donation – it doesn’t just go off into the ether.”

He has now made 462 donations, and is aiming for the 500 milestone.

His daughter has also now passed the 150 donation mark.

Over 40,000 Perth locals have donated blood in the last year, with Blood Service spokeswoman Jessica Willet thanking donors and encouraging more people to donate now and in the future.

“With donated blood only lasting 42 days, we need a constant supply of blood donations, which means we need more people to donate blood more often,” she said.

“It takes just an hour of your time to donate blood and become a bloody legend, and every donation helps save three lives.”

To find out more about donating blood, call 13 14 95 or visit donateblood.com.au.