A MAN who has just donated his 100th pint of blood says he plans to keep on giving as long as he can.
Howard Eddy, 69, gave his first pint in 1965 aged 21.
On Wednesday he travelled from his home in St Just to Penzance to do what he calls his "duty to life".
"I just like people," he said. "We're [volunteers] giving something back. If we can't do anything else, at least I'm doing something.
"It's quite nice to be able to help others and give people things. It's a lovely feeling."
Mr Eddy, who usually donates three times a year, said he had no plans to quit now he had reached a century and the donor assistants at St John's Hall had told him he might have another six years yet – another 20 pints for the cause.
Despite his decades of experience the needle still hurt, he said, and he was a little anxious on the day: "It was one of those days where I felt a bit nervous, but everyone was congratulating me, saying, 'Well done'. They said, 'You save a lot of lives'. Afterwards I had a cup of tea and some biscuits; it was really nice."
Mr Eddy, who sings with St Buryan Male Voice Choir, said he had read that only 4 per cent of the population donated blood and he wanted to encourage others to do so by his example.
The NHS blood and transplant service rewards regular volunteers with an award scheme, with 100 pints meriting a certificate and 'diamond award pack'.
It said every 10 pints could save as many as 3 lives, so Mr Eddy's contribution might well have helped around 300 people in desperate need.