Veteran Wembley donor keeps blood flowing


Gary Bryant has been donating blood for more than 50 years.
Gary Bryant has been donating blood for more than 50 years.

GARY Bryant has been giving blood for most of his life, and he has no plans to stop any time soon.

The Wembley resident first donated blood in 1966 – more than 50 years ago – and has since reached 200 donations and saved 600 lives.

“It was part of the national service,” Mr Bryant said. “Everyone in our unit was volunteered to donate blood, but this was a one-off.

“Many years later, I was working with the Department of Human Services and they had a corporate volunteer program, so I started donating whole blood every three months.”

As a regular donor, Mr Bryant was then asked to give plasma.

“A few years later, I was asked to donate plasma, which I could give every two weeks,” he said.

“As I am Rh-negative, I was also asked to join the Anti-D program, which benefits mothers and newborn babies with particular blood types.”

Mr Bryant was one of 517 Perth blood donors, and one of 15 in the western suburbs, recognised last week during National Blood Donor Week for reaching milestone donations.

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