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Down Memory Lane - Linda Chappell

When did you start giving blood? Some of our longest serving donors began way back in the 1950s and 60s, and have some great memories to share. 

Linda Chappell started to donate when mobile blood donation team arrived at her workplace. She has since reached 276 credits for her donations.

My first donation was in August 1977 at the age of 19.  When the mobile blood donation team arrived at my workplace in Bristol, we were given time away from our desks to donate. With the tea and biscuits on offer who could refuse!

(Picture: Linda around the time of her first donation)

I went on to become one of the first platelet donors, in January 1985 at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. The team at Bristol were always so welcoming and reassuring during my regular visits. They became like friends I’d meet for a coffee and catch up.

On some visits I’d be told there was a specific patient already matched and waiting for my donation and what could be more rewarding!

In 1995 I attended a presentation of Donor Awards by Kyran Bracken, England Rugby Union Player, receiving a gift and certificate for 100 donations.

Linda has received many pin badges for her donations
Recently, Linda has reached 276 donation credits
On some visits I’d be told there was a specific patient already matched and waiting for my donation and what could be more rewarding!

Whilst I no longer donate platelets, I still regularly give whole blood, and, even with breaks while adding to my family and for travel abroad, I am proud to have reached 276 donation credits to date.