Why Paul, 50, is happy to just keep on giving

Paul Brewster with his award for giving blood 75 times EMN-150220-144626001
Paul Brewster with his award for giving blood 75 times EMN-150220-144626001

A Horncastle man, who has received a special award after completing 75 blood donations, is hoping his story will inspire others.

Paul Brewster gave blood for the first time when he was 18.

That was 32 years ago and he estimates he’s given more than 70 pints of blood.

To mark his 75th session, he was presented with an inscribed glass vase and invited to a lunch at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln.

Mr Brewster said: “It was nice to get some recognition, but that’s not why I do it.

“It is more a case of what I’m doing is helping someone else.”

Mr Brewster attends sessions four-times-a-year at Stanhope Hall, Horncastle.

He said: “It couldn’t be easier. You book an appointment and the staff are very professional and very friendly.

“There’s nothing painful and no lasting effects.

“In fact, it’s all over in about 30 minutes. You even get a cup of tea and a biscuit.”

The National Blood Service is always looking for more donors and Mr Brewster said he would recommend it to anyone.

He explained: “When I first started, it was because some of my friends gave blood.

“I just thought I’d give it a go. I didn’t set any targets and I certainly didn’t think I’d be giving blood 32 years later, but I just haven’t stopped.

“It is a great way to help others and you know the blood you give is going to put to good use.

“I might even save someone’s life.”

Mr Brewster received badges after competing 25 and 50 sessions and has no intention of stopping yet.

He added: “It would be nice to get to 100, but as I said, it’s not about targets.”

Mr Brewster was born in Boston and moved to Horncastle when he was five.

He attended the ‘old’ Maypole School, at the foot of Langton Hill, before moving to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School.

After passing his A levels, he moved into banking and works for Lloyds.

He is a governor at QEGS and Kirkby on Bain Primary School.

Married to wife Joanne, the couple have three children aged 15, 13 and eight.

He added: “My wife has never given blood but the children are quite interested.

“It would be good to think they might keep the family tradition going but I’d never force it on anyone.”

*The National Blood Service does advertise details of forthcoming sessions. Look out for details in the Horncastle News.