Ton up donation

Geoffrey Spencer about to donate his 100th pint of blood under the supervision of Jenny Howlett, a donor care supervisor.
Geoffrey Spencer about to donate his 100th pint of blood under the supervision of Jenny Howlett, a donor care supervisor.
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Wisbech man Geoff Spencer on Wednesday notched up his 100th pint of giving blood.

Geoff (69) received a commemorative lapel badge to mark this milestone donation from the team at the donor session at Elme Hall Hotel.

The retired general builder started donating aged 18 when he was in the Auxiliary Fire Service. The service allowed people to attend donor sessions on the Thursday drill nights and, as some of Geoff’s friends were donors, he thought he would go too.

Apart from a brief stop of a few years, Geoff has donated life-saving blood ever since and hopes to carry on while he is still fit and able.

He said: “There’s nothing to fear. Some people don’t like needles, I don’t either but it doesn’t take long, it’s just like going shopping! he said.

Married to Angela, Geoff hasn’t been able to persuade either his wife or children to follow his example.

“I haven’t been able to persuade them but I still hope to carry on for as long as they will take it.”