06 Nov 2015
Mike Quick, much loved physiotherapist at the trust, has been recognised by NHS Blood and Transplant for having given blood 100 times.
As a reward for this remarkable accomplishment, he has received an invitation to the blood donors award ceremony at Blenheim Palace this December, which celebrates the commitment and dedication of frequent donors. He will also receive a commemorative medal and a framed certificate.
Mike started donating when he was 19 years old out of a desire to help others, and after 45 dedicated years reached the 100 donations milestone.
Mike has even found some surprising benefits to donating, saying: “I’ve found that giving blood actually helps my marathon training! After a donation you temporarily have less blood to carry oxygen around, so your body has to work that much harder.”
He added: “If people could only realise that their blood was keeping other human beings alive, that would outweigh any of the inconveniences of donating.”
Jimmy Noak, deputy director of nursing, said: “Mike has been someone who has always gone the extra mile, so his commitment and dedication is no surprise – but giving blood for 45 years is a remarkable achievement by anyone’s standards! He is an example to us all, and I am delighted he is being recognised by the donor award scheme. Thank you Mike, you have helped many.”
Mike is not planning to stop giving blood now he’s reached the 100 mark, having already scheduled his next donation for December.
Congratulations to Mike for this wonderful achievement!