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GLENROTHES'Kirkcaldy community warden James Telford gives his 100th donation of blood watched by Donor Carer BOBBY JACK'photo; WALTER NEILSON
GLENROTHES'Kirkcaldy community warden James Telford gives his 100th donation of blood watched by Donor Carer BOBBY JACK'photo; WALTER NEILSON

kirkcaldy man James Telford has saved hundreds of lives - by giving blood.

The dedicated Community Warden, who originally worked in Smeaton, made his 100th donation last week when he visited the Blood Transfusion Service’s mobile unit at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes.

And James (61), who normally donates at Templehall Community Centre or the Adam Smith Centre in Kirkcaldy, is proud of his achievement.

“I started giving blood when I turned 18, and I don’t think I have missed a session since,” he explained. “At that time you could only give every six months, and if you missed a session then it was more difficult to find an alternative place as there were limited collections.

“Then it changed to being able to make a donation every 12 weeks, so I was able to go more often. I can’t believe I have reached my 100th donation already as I don’t feel old enough!”

James, who works as a warden in Buckhaven, made his big donation in Glenrothes as the bad weather had affected donations in Kirkcaldy in recent months.

Save a life

“Giving blood has become an important part of my life. It is so easy to do and such a simple way to be able to save a life.

“My blood type is ‘O’ positive which is the most common type and every donation is split to help three people, so I have hopefully been able to save hundreds of lives through giving blood.

“My children give blood too, and it is a great thing to do.”

Gillian Pow, donor recruitment officer for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, paid tribute to James: “I would like to thank James for his dedication to giving blood. The 300 patients he has helped remain anonymous so, on their behalf, I would like to pass on their gratitude to him.

“I hope this marvellous achievement inspires more people in the area to give blood when we next visit.”