Hero Islington blood donor Celia Kent makes 100th donation in 53 years
PUBLISHED: 12:15 09 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:15 09 September 2016
An Islington woman has made her 100th blood donation - 12 months after sweetening the deal by handing over one of her own kidneys.
Celia Kent, 72, hit the landmark figure last week, having donated a kidney to a stranger last year.
“As a fit and healthy person, it’s always seemed to me that if I can use my good health to help someone who may be less fortunate, then I should,” said Celia, who made her first blood donation 53 years ago.
Jan Shorrock, of charity Give a Kidney, praised Celia’s immense generosity: “The gifts she has given over the years will undoubtedly have changed, improved or even saved many lives.”
There are about 5,500 people waiting for a kidney. The charity says 300 people die each year due to a lack of donors.
Anyone wishing to give blood can find a donor session by visiting the Give Blood website.
For further information on kidney donation, visit Give a Kidney.