'It's the right thing to do': Northampton man reaches milestone 100th pint of blood donated at the age of just 57

Adam first donated when he was 19 and he has continued donating regularly ever since

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 8:56 am

A Northampton man who has consistently given blood since his teens has reached a huge milestone.

Adam Ogden from Kislingbury donated his 100th pint of blood at Bugbrooke Community Centre yesterday (March 22).

At just 57, the Openreach worker has reached the milestone significantly younger than many other donors.

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Adam Ogden donated his 100th pint of blood yesterday (March 22). Photo: Kirsty Edmonds.

The dad-of-three made his first donation at the age of 19 and he has donated every three months ever since, without missing a donation.

Adam said: “I used to work at Barclaycard in the town centre and they used to have blood donor operators come to them because so many people worked there.

“I was so young at the time and we had never had a death or accident in the family so I had never thought about it before but I went along as it was just something I thought I should do.”

When Adam first donated in the 1980s, he says there were around 3,000 people working at the banking firm, but only around 200 people donated.

Adam started donating when he was just 19. Photo: Kirsty Edmonds.

He added: “You got time off to do it and it’s so easy, so I just didn’t understand why people wouldn’t. I thought it was quite selfish.

“I have no great medical or religious stance on it, I just think it’s a good thing to do.

“I left Barclaycard about a year and a half later, but once you have donated they write to you so it carried on from there.”

Since then, Adam has donated four times a year in many different locations around the county, without a break, which has led him to rack up the donations and reach the milestone at such a young age.

The regular donor says he has never felt ill after a donation. Photo: Kirsty Edmonds.

“The earlier you start the quicker you smash through them,” Adam continued.

“It’s the right thing to do, it doesn’t hurt and it doesn’t take a lot of time, so why not?

“Hopefully it will always save lives or give someone the chance of life, so it’s rewarding in that sense and it gives you that inner satisfaction.”

Adam, who says he has never had an ill feeling from giving blood, is happy to and plans to continue donating for as long as he is allowed to or is able to.

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