Down Memory Lane

Donated blood, plasma and platelets have allowed so many people who otherwise wouldn’t to have a future. For some donors, though, the habit of saving lives is one that stretches way back into the past – in some cases, as far as the 1950s.

In our feature, Down Memory Lane, these long-standing lifesavers take us back through the decades to the days their younger selves started donating.

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How far back does your donation history go?

We’d love to hear from some of our longest-serving life-savers, so if you were giving blood and saving lives back in the days of Buddy Holly, beat poets and swing dresses, then email us at and tell us your story.