David’s top of the class after clocking up 75th donation

Blood donor David Wright
Blood donor David Wright

HIGH school PE teacher David Wright has proved himself a class act among local blood donors, having just reached his 75th contribution.

After successfully donating at last month’s session – which attracted 378 donations over the two days – the secondary school teacher (pictured) has gained top marks by reaching the impressive milestone.

Mr Wright, who first started giving blood after his 18th birthday back in 1977, was presented with a paperweight (inset) from the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service to mark the occasion.

And he says he now has his sights set on reaching the 100th donation.

He told the Hawick News this week: “This 75th donation has been on the horizon for a while but for various reasons I’d not been able to donate, so I was pleased this time I was able to reach it.

“It really is such a worthwhile thing to do, and hopefully if I keep well I can keep going and reach the 100th time.”

Others who were also recognised with special awards were Bruce Elsdon, Irene Wilson and Margaret Gibson for 50 donations (silver gilt); Suzanne Mercer, Lesley Fraser, James Miller, Leslie Blake, Nicola Teale and Emma Todd for 25 donations (silver); and Nadia Cranston, Anna Lee, Robert Stark and Colin Brown for 10 donations (bronze).