Mike "Pav" Pavasiviche the well known local historian and football blogger, and tameside Council marketing and communications officer, is backing a national campaign to recruit more donors to mark World Blood Donor Day this Sunday June.
Mike has given blood an incredible 90 times. He first gave blood in October 1975, when he was an 18-year-old student at the New University of Ulster.
“I had always wanted to give blood when growing up, it seemed the right thing to do. So I donated at the earliest opportunity, I suppose it was like a coming of age thing,” he said.
Mike has continued to donate regularly, up to four times a year and is booked in for his 91st donation at Dukinfield Town Hall in August.Mike used to have to bring a small blue record book to all his donation sessions but everything is now administered online.
He said: “It’s easy to make an appointment online or by telephone, alternatively you can just drop into a session. The whole donation process usually takes about an hour altogether and I always feel perfectly normal and well afterwards.
“I would encourage everyone to give blood. It’s a simple, straightforward procedure and doesn’t hurt at all. I can assure you there’s nothing at all to be scared of and I speak as a confirmed coward.”
Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “Loyal donors, like Mike, are very special to us. Between them, they have saved thousands of lives, and improved the lives of countless others".