Happy to be donating again
When a family member needed blood, gold medallist ice skater Jayne Torvill decided it was time to become a regular blood donor again
- When did you become a blood donor and where did you start donating?
- I started giving blood in the late seventies; the blood service came into my office where I was working, asking people to donate. I did it for a couple of years but then I started travelling with skating and gave up work so I didn't do it for a long while. I started giving blood again about five or six years ago. I donate at sessions in East Sussex.
- Why did you start donating again?
- I started again because a family member was very ill and needed blood. I started to think about how many other people are given blood. I think a lot of people don't donate until they know someone who needs it, and this can motivate them to become a regular donor. Just recently too, a friend of mine with cancer has needed a blood transfusion.
"I was amazed to find out that such a small number of people give blood; it really was quite a surprise"
- Tell us about your involvement with National Blood Week in June this year.
- It's the first time I have been involved in National Blood Week and the first time I have really spoken about giving blood. I was amazed to find out during the week that such a small number of people give blood; it really was quite a surprise. I was very happy to help and hopefully I can do more in the future.
- ITV's Dancing on Ice has been a huge success. Are you currently working on the next series or are you involved with any other projects?
- I've just started working on the next series and filming has started. I've also been busy promoting the Dancing on Ice Tour 2011 DVD which was released in November.
- What has been the highlight of your career so far?
- Winning the Olympics was a big highlight! The success of Dancing on Ice has also been fantastic - Christopher and I both had such long careers that there've been many happy times and highlights.
- You must be busy with two children and a TV career. What is your favourite thing to do at the end of a busy day's filming?
- My favourite thing to do the end of a busy day is relax with a nice glass of Chardonnay!
- Born in 1957 in Clifton, Nottingham
- Attended Clifton Hall Girls' Grammar School, later worked as an insurance clerk
- Started ice skating at the age of eight and in 1971, aged just 14, became the British National Pairs Champion with partner Michael Hutchinson
- 1975 - paired up with Christopher Dean and they came fifth in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Dean gave up his job as a policeman and Torvill stopped work as an insurance clerk so they could skate together full-time
- 1980 - made an MBE
- 1984 - she and Christopher win Gold at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics and were watched by a British television audience of 24 million
- 2000 - Jayne is made an OBE
- 2007 - Jayne and Christopher star in ITV's popular Saturday evening show, Dancing on Ice, afterwards appearing in six further series.
- Jayne lives in East Sussex with her husband and their two children, Kieran and Jessica.