It started with the promise of an ice cold lager but led to Andrew Storey saving countless lives.

For the Fartown man has just given his 100th blood donation, is now giving platelets every two weeks and has twice given bone marrow.

To mark the milestone he was honoured with a medal by NHS Give Blood.

Andrew, who turns 59 on Saturday, said: “It all started in 1973 when I was in Borneo with the Royal Navy.

“A team came on board and said there was two pints of ice cold lager in it for anyone who gave blood. I’ve not stopped since.”

Mr Storey was on board HMS Dido, a leander class frigate F104, at the time.

His ship was on the way to Sydney as the Queen’s official guard ship when she officially opened the Sydney Opera House.

Andrew first gave blood when he was in the navy in 1973
 

On his return he has needed to receive blood just once, in 1976, but has continued to give blood ever since.

An HGV driver, he now works for a firm near Elland and added: “It costs nothing but your time and willingness.

“When I came home from the tour you could only give blood once a year, then it increased to every six months and then became every three months.

“I have a rare blood group, B rhesus negative, so it’s important to continue.

“I was always on bone marrow register, then I was contacted as I was a match for a young lad. I’ve given bone marrow twice, plus platelets which have gone to him.

“I got a letter from his mum. He’s left school now and is working. She said it gave him a chance to get on with his life.”

Mr Storey, husband to Linda and father to Matthew, urged others to consider giving blood, adding: “People of all ethnicities are needed, go along and if there’s a reason you can’t give blood they’ll tell you.

“I got to the Bradford centre every two weeks and they’ll do anything for you, bring you tea and biscuits, have a chat.

“Without the staff none of this would happen, they’re brilliant.”

Forthcoming sessions in Huddersfield are at the Masonic Hall in Greenhead Road on February 19; the United Reformed Church, Dalton, on February 19 and the John Smith’s Stadium on March 30. See https://my.blood.co.uk/SessionFinder for more details.