Tributes to Raymond Simpson, blood donor 'who saved so many lives'
A WOMAN has spoken of her heartbreak after her partner collapsed and died following an operation.
Raymond Simpson, 69, underwent surgery to remove a cancerous kidney. However, a blood clot in his lung caused him to collapse and he died at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham.
Ann Rajski, 66, was Mr Simpson's partner for 13 years.
She said: "It was meant to be an ordinary operation. We had no fears about it at all.
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"It has shocked everyone. I miss him every day."
Mr Simpson, of Hull Road, Kilnsea, chalked up 75 blood donations – enough to save more than 200 lives.
Ms Rajski said he was a generous and caring man.
"I was so proud of him and so were the rest of his family," she said. "He would give his life for his family and loved giving blood to help others.
"He was somebody I could always turn to and nothing was ever too much for him."
Mr Simpson received a rare Emerald Award from the National Blood Service in July to mark his 75th donation.
Holly Mason, lead donor relations manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "Mr Simpson was a dedicated blood donor and we are very grateful for his loyalty and commitment to blood donation over the years."
Mr Simpson, who died on October 30, is survived by his three children, Paul, 45, Anita, 43, and Christopher, 42. He also had six grandchildren.
The former ship repairer's ashes will be scattered in the Humber on Saturday.