Edinburgh’s hero acknowledged for encouraging blood donors
October 21, 2010 by Lyndon
One of Edinburgh’s unsung heroes, Margaret Punton, has been acknowledged after years of fantastic efforts to encourage those in her neighbourhood to donate blood in a ceremony organised by the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. The Donor Award Ceremony was held in the city chambers and is organised by SNBT primarily to thank those who give a substantial amount of blood. Margaret Punton’s award was for outstanding achievements after she spent several decades campaigning for others in the area to give blood. After organising donor sessions in Broxburn, West Lothian, SNBT had to up the frequency of their visits to the area as Margaret was so successful in encouraging others to donate pints of blood over the years.
Dedicated to the cause, Margaret arranged the sessions herself down to laying on the tea and cakes at the events and enlisting companies offering leaflet and poster printing in Leith and other areas around Edinburgh, she distributed leaflets and displayed posters to encourage those from the area to turn out and donate blood.
Her outstanding achievement award was presented by another family in the area who are passionate in their commitment to blood donation. Laura and John Young’s daughter, Verity, died after a battle against cancer but through her illness developed a passion for blood donation and was awarded a Blue Peter Gold Badge posthumously for her campaign. Mr and Mrs Young want to continue their daughter’s efforts and presented Margaret with her award praising her efforts as ‘absolutely key’.