Midlothian man donates 100th pint of blood

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Whitehill resident Derek Cameron arrived in style when he rolled into Edinburgh’s Lauriston Building to donate his 100th pint of blood.

Marking the milestone with all the pomp it deserved, The 65-year-old pulled up in his pride and joy – a 1979 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II.

The setting was familiar territory for the retired salesman, who donated his first pint at the same hospital building around 35 years ago.

He told the Advertiser why he keeps going back: “It’s a painless exercise and a wonderful thing to do. I have found it a rewarding experience and it’s important because blood doesn’t last forever – the transfusion service is always looking for donors.

“I like the atmosphere down there and the ladies make sure I’m well looked after. It’s a nice when you come out and you feel like you have given something to the community. I’d recommend it for everyone.”

When in his late twenties Derek found himself out of work and applied for a job with United Biscuits. On seeing an advert appealing for blood, he promised to make a donation if he landed the job.

Read full story in the May 30 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.