LETTERS From Peter Tuppen, Sandown:
IN her article about blood donning (CP, 04-10-13), Ms Hofton has missed the point entirely.
Firstly, while donning is indeed "occasional", she fails to appreciate that, for most donors, once established, it is a long-term commitment, to be continued until either old age or their own ill-health prevents.
I have been donning for 28 years now, and aim to continue for as long as possible.
Secondly, she belittles our altruism in comparison with those who undertake "major" sponsored challenges. However, I believe that most people who undertake such things, do so primarily as a personal challenge of their abilities — raising money is often a secondary aspect. I Walk the Wight each year, and collect sponsorship for this, but my main reason for doing it is that I enjoy the long and beautiful walk, and talking to those I meet en route.
The changes to our local blood service will inevitably mean a major reduction in those here who donate, and while this will not be significant nationally, it is a significant personal loss for those who will have to stop for various personal reasons.