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Opticians employees donate blood

Two team members at L Mitchell Opticians have donated 103 pints of blood

Rosemary Walton and James Houlihan
Two employees at L Mitchell Opticians in Hyde have donated 103 pints of blood between them.

Optometrist Rosemary Walton donates regularly, having begun at the age of 18. She donated her 101st pint earlier this month. Lab manager, James Houlihan, joined Ms Walton and donated blood for the first time.

Manager of Plymouth Grove Blood Donor Centre on Manchester where the pair donated, Karen Ackerley, highlighted: “Each blood donation can save the lives of up to three adults, so Rosemary and James have potentially saved or improved the lives of up to 300 people.”

The NHS requires an estimated 135,000 new donors each year to replace those who can no longer donate.

Speaking about donating, Mr Houlihan said he had been considering it for a while and a few days afterwards he received a text to say it had helped a patient at Pinderfields Hospital in West Yorkshire. “It feels good to know that I have helped someone in this way and I even booked in to donate while I was enjoying my free brew and biscuit,” he said.