Three blood donors from Newbury and Thatcham who may have saved up to 900 lives between them have been honoured for their lifelong commitment.
Mike Harmsworth, Phil Saich and Sheila Weaving were presented with commemorative medals after donating blood for more than 40 years each.
All three have made 100 donations in their lifetimes.
Mike, 67, from Thatcham, has been giving blood for around 48 years after a work colleague recommended he give it a try.
He said: “My wife, mother and several other members of my family have all needed blood transfusions after major operations.
“Blood can be used in so many ways to help save someone’s life at no cost or danger to me.”
It was a similar story for 69-year-old Sheila, also from Thatcham, who was also encouraged by her colleagues.
She said: “Giving blood only takes a little of my time but helps others and can perhaps save their life.”
Phil, 59, from Newbury, has more than 40 years of blood-giving under his belt.
He said: “I started as I was a keen motorcyclist and wanted to make sure blood was available if I ever needed it.
“Some of my family members have needed blood – we just never know when we or someone we know may need it.”
Each blood donation is said to potentially save the lives of up to three people. Of the three per cent of the population who give blood, just one per cent of those reach 100 donations.
Karen Healy, senior marketing coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “These loyal donors are very special to us, which is why such an event gives us the opportunity to say a real heartfelt thanks.
“Between them, they have saved hundreds of lives and improved the lives of countless others who have required blood transfusions.
“These donors are an inspiration to us all.”
Anyone interested in giving blood can call 0300 1232323.