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Barry has saved over 450 people

Barry has been donating blood for over 50 years
After I gave blood once, I realised there was no good reason to stop.

In just over 50 years, Barry has donated enough blood to save the lives of more than 450 adults. The first time Barry gave blood he was in his early 20's. But due to his brother contracting haemolitic anaemia at a young age, he already knew about the need for blood and had experienced firsthand what a difference it can make. 

"My brother was only 11 when he was diagnosed," said Barry. "He needed to have his spleen removed and was given a few pints of blood. Following that my father started giving blood and carried on donating for as long as he could. My brother is now a healthy grandfather."

I often talk to people about giving blood, the system is brilliant.

In addition to giving blood himself, Barry is also more than happy to persuade others to donate too.

"I often talk to people about giving blood, the system is brilliant, the staff are wonderful and it costs you hardly anything in time and energy. After I gave blood once and thought about how essential it is that people like me carry on donating, I realised that there was no good reason to stop. As long as I am healthy, I will carry on giving blood."


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