Danderhall man gives milestone blood donation

William McAleece from Danderhall  who gave his 250th blood donation last week.
William McAleece from Danderhall who gave his 250th blood donation last week.

A Danderhall man who recently gave his 250th blood donation is now urging everybody to follow his lead and become a potential life-saver.

William McAleece (71), made the milestone donation earlier this month at the drop-in centre on Lauriston Place in Edinburgh.

He said: “I was quite happy about it. It was quite an occasion. The staff at the blood bank took photographs.

“I have been told that as long as I stay healthy I can continue to give blood.

“I have been giving blood for 50 years. I started as a member of the family was ill and needed a lot of blood. That was way back in the 60s. My very first time was at the town hall in Portobello. I started giving seriously in 1973 when I was down in London.

“I am AD+, it’s an unusual blood group. They told me they want as much as I can give. I go once every 12 weeks.”

William, who is to be honoured for his milestone donation, at an awards ceremony to be held at Edinburgh City Chambers in June, urged people to give blood.

He said: “It’s no problem giving blood. It doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t effect you.

“I think everybody should give blood. There is not enough blood donated as what is needed.

“They sometimes have to import blood from other countries. So they want more donors.

“And that’s why I told them about my 250th donation - to raise awareness.

“So they are going to put my news on their website to encourage more people to do it.”

William is an elder at Newton Parish Church and is a member of Danderhall Community Council. He retired after working for 18 years at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh as a goods receiver.

Originally from Edinburgh, after leaving the RAF in 1977, William lived in Gorebridge before moving to Danderhall in 1985. He and his wife Jean have been married for 46 years. They have a son, Steven, and a daughter, Davina.