VETERAN Morpeth blood donors have been honoured for rolling up their sleeves to save the lives of hundreds of patients.
Peter Robertson and Dennis Hodges have each made more than 100 blood donations, while Michael Daglish has given 75 donations.
Mr Robertson, 59, who is Chairman of the Northumbria Blood Bikes which will use motorbikes to transport samples, medical supplies and blood for hospitals, has been regularly donating since the 1970s, while 73-year-old Mr Hodges gave blood as soon as he was old enough at the then minimum age of 18.
Mr Daglish, 62, started giving blood 45 years ago and has seen the benefits close to home as his wife and granddaughter have both had transfusions.
The trio were invited to an NHS Blood and Transplant ceremony at Beamish Hall Hotel and received commemorative crystal awards. Also honoured were Angela Bainbridge, of Blyth, and Valerie Masters, of Bedlington, who have reached the 75 donations mark.
For further information about becoming a blood donor call 0300 123 2323 or visit www.blood.co.uk