Blood donations scoop award for Exmouth man

Brian Abbott, of Exmouth RNLI, has been presented with ana award thanks to his dedication to donating blood.

An Exmouth RNLI volunteer has been presented with an award - thanks to his selfless blood donations.

Lifeboat deputy launching authority Brian Abbott, 65, recently joined 70 Devon donors of excellence at a presentation evening, when he was commended for donating more than 75 pints of blood.

Mr Abbott, who yesterday donated his 78th pint of blood at Exmouth Pavilion, was presented with a Royal Doulton crystal bowl as thanks.

He hopes to continue donating three times a year in a bid to scoop the coveted matching decanter – awarded to those who give 100 or more pints of blood.

Retired motorbike engineer Mr Abbott, who once worked with Barry Sheen, said he began donating blood in the early 1970s when his close friend suffered extensive injuries during a bike race, requiring 16 pints of blood.

“My blood type is the same as my attitude – ‘B’ positive,” said Mr Abbott.

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Mr Abbott, who joined Exmouth RNLI in May, received his award at a ceremony held at Bovey Castle.