No vampires here! Neil Manson of Sandy Beach gives blood for the 51st time, with a little help from nurse Linda Colcott.
No vampires here! Neil Manson of Sandy Beach gives blood for the 51st time, with a little help from nurse Linda Colcott.

It doesn?t hurt a bit to give

By KIREN THANDI

IT WAS for the love of his daughter that Neil Manson first gave blood, and 50 donations later, he's still coming in to help others.

The Sandy Beach man hooked up for his 51st donation on Tuesday, as part of Red Cross Australia's summer blood drive.

"I started donating when my daughter was born nine weeks premature," Neil said.

As it turned out, they didn't end up using the blood, but that hasn't stopped Neil from helping many, many other people who have been in need of transfusion, or other blood products.

Neil comes in every three months with thanks to Coffs Harbour City Council, for whom he works, which allow employees time off to give blood.

However, there was one interesting exception ? some time ago, Neil's daughter came down with chicken pox. After recovering from a bout of the disease himself, Neil was donating every six weeks.

"Antibodies are at their strongest in the six months after an adult has had chicken pox," Neil explains.

This blood is tremendously beneficial for children who suffer leukaemia.

The Coffs Harbour Donor Centre is open on Mondays from 12.30pm-6.30pm; Tuesdays noon-7pm; and Thursdays from 8am-noon.

The blood bank goes to Macksville from 12.30pm-4.30pm every first and third Wednesday, and to Grafton from 3pm-7pm every second and fourth Wednesday of the month.

Appointments must be made in advance, and can be made by calling 13 14 95. Donors are also reminded that photo ID is required and to make sure they drink at least three glasses of water and have something to eat before they come in.



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