Marian said: “I was always aware of why it was so important to give blood growing up after my mother received blood transfusions when I was born. Years later my father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma too, a form of blood cancer, where he received up to four units of blood every week.
“If this blood and the NHS had not been available, my father would not have survived as long as he did.
“I made my very first blood donation at St. Hilary’s Church in Killay. It’s much easier to give blood now than it used to be. Obviously back when I made my first donation there were no computers, so things are a lot simpler now.
“They used to collect the donation in a glass bottle which were washed and re-used!
“Although the process has changed a lot over the years, it’s still as important as ever to take the time to give blood.
“Giving blood has been a habit for me throughout my life and I hope that by sharing my story, others will see just how important it is to do the same.”