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Eric Bagwell

High flying family donors

Three generations of blood donors in a family may not be that unusual, but three generations of blood donors sky diving together - that is rare! Dedicated blood donor Eric Bagwell, from Swindon, his son John, 43, and grandson Jake, 19, all have the sky diving bug and decided it would be good to perform a jump together.

Eric, who has given a fantastic 353 donations of platelets and whole blood, made his first static line jump in 1974. John made his first jump when he was 16 and loved it so much he went on to become a tandem instructor. For Jake, the past year has seen him make his first blood donation and first skydive.

Eric says, "I enjoy giving blood and skydiving and I hope that the vast amount of blood I have given over my lifetime has gone on to save many lives."