Barbara rolls up her sleeves and makes 100 blood donations

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A Wing woman certainly has the desire to help others pumping through her veins.

Barbara Barber has rolled her sleeves up over the past 40 years to donate blood – and has just been recognised for making 100 donations to NHS Blood and Transplant.

She received her crystal award at the London Hilton from Simon Cooper, a donor recipient.

Barbara said: “He gave a very moving speech on behalf of everyone who has benefitted from blood, but in his case even more. He was born with cystic fibrosis, developed other complications and has had both liver and lung transplants, each time requiring blood. However, he has overcome all this and is now a back-up drummer for the well known act of Chas and Dave.”

She added: “I would like to try and encourage some new donors, as it’s rather sad that less than 5% of the population give blood, with only about 2% of those making it to the 100. Apart from the ‘normal’ requirement for operations, most of us know someone who has had cancer and needed blood.”

There are regular sessions in Leighton Buzzard and the surrounding villages. Find your nearest one at or call 0300 1232323.

Barbara added: “The whole process has been vastly improved since I first began some 40 odd years ago, with timed appointments making it far quicker, and a good selection of biscuits/crisps afterwards!”

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50kg (7st 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.