A woman who has given 100 pints of blood says she feels as if she has a “little halo” above her head every time she donates.
Sylvia Scotney made her 100th donation at Deepings Methodist Church on Monday.
Sylvia, of Park Road, Deeping St James, began giving blood when she was 21 and has no intention of slowing down.
“It’s just so vital with all the intricate operations and blood transfusions they do,” said Sylvia.
“I feel as if I’m being really good-spirited. Not just for the community but for the whole human race.
“When I donate I feel so humble. I feel as if I have got a little halo.”
Sylvia has donated regularly all through her life. She said: “Since I started I haven’t had a family so I have been able to donate all the time.
“People break when they have a baby, but the only time I haven’t given is when I have had jabs before going travelling. I have been fortunate that I have been able to give it more or less every time.”
When Sylvia gave her 100th pint she shared the room with someone donating their first. She encouraged anyone who is able to make an appointment and give blood.
She said: “There is a friend of mine who I have told has to come with me. I tell everyone. They are so short of supplies.
“It doesn’t cost anything. It’s not as if you have to donate £5.”
Sylvia used to work for the NHS but is now semi-retired, working one day a week in Ruffles Dress Agency in Market Deeping. She aims to keep giving blood as long as she can and has praised the NHS for removing the upper age limit for donors.
The NHS Blood and Transport service has launched a Christmas campaign to get more than 200,000 people to give the ultimate gift and donate.
Last year one in five blood donor appointments were missed over the festive period, putting the service under unnecessary pressure.
NHS Blood and Transplant assistant director Jon Latham said: “Blood stock levels can drop dramatically over the busy festive period as Christmas shopping, celebrations and extended public holidays mean giving blood slips off the nation’s to-do lists.
“At this time of year many people want to give something more than material gifts. A blood donation truly is the gift only you can give and with one single donation you can save or improve up to three lives.”
Visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 2323 to sign up and donate.
The NHS is holding donation sessions in the following places:
Sunday, December 7
Bourne corn Exchange
Tuesday, December 9
Barnhill Methodist Church, Stamford
Tuesday, December 30
Deepings Methodist Church
Thursday, January 29
Rutland County Council
Friday, February 27