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nrhn 201212 Laura Barker and husband Richard at their home in Denby
nrhn 201212 Laura Barker and husband Richard at their home in Denby

A Denby policewoman is urging people from Ripley and Heanor to give blood this Christmas - after she received a life-saving transfusion.

In February 2006, PC Laura Barker, 29, gave birth to her first son Seth through Caesarean section at around 11.30pm.

But shortly afterwards she suffered a haemorrhage and lost more than half the blood in her body.

“I’ve got almost no recollection of it,” she said. “I can just remember the midwife sat at the end of the bed after the birth.

“When I woke up 24 hours later I was told I had haemorrhaged - and I had to have quite a few blood transfusions.”

Laura said she owes her life to the work of NHS Blood Transport - and has stressed how vital it is that stocks are kept high over the festive season.

The organisation is hoping as many people as possible give blood at two events in Ripley and Heanor over Christmas.

The drives are to take place at the William Gregg Leisure Centre, Hands Road, Heanor, on Friday, December 21 and the at Ripley Leisure Centre, on Thursday, December 27.

After the complications with the birth of his first child, Laura’s husband Richard, 36, - also a bobby with the 
Derbyshire Constabulary - now regularly donates the red stuff, despite his initial fears.

“If Laura had not been able to receive blood, it would have been a totally different story,” he said. “I was petrified when I first went to give - I even cancelled my first appointment. But as soon as you are sat there and the blood is being drained, it’s all totally fine and I didn’t feel any effects afterwards.

To make an appointment at the Ripley and Heanor events, call 0300 123 23 23, or visit