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PEOPLE across Hartlepool are being urged to give a potentially life-saving gift this Christmas – by giving blood.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking people to think of hospital, cancer and transplant patients who will need blood transfusions during the festive period just as much as at any other time of the year.

And it is hoping to recruit donors of all ages – but especially younger people – after a decline in the number of younger donors signing up.

The festive drive to get blood coincides withe the NHSBT aiming to recruit 100,000 new donors nationally in 100 days to protect future blood stocks.

And two blood donor sessions have been booked at Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, in Raby Road, Hartlepool, on:

l Thursday, December 6, from 2pm to 3.45pm, and 4.30pm until 7.30pm,

l Tuesday, December 18, from 10am until 12.30pm, and from 2pm to 4pm.

NHSBT lead donor relations manager Donna Batty said: “While we appreciate people are often very busy shopping for presents and planning get-togethers at this time of the year, blood is needed just as much as ever in December.

“As a result, we are appealing for people here in the local area to show warm hearts by taking just a little time out to give blood this Christmas.

“We are particularly keen for younger people and those who haven’t given blood before to get in touch so that they can become the lifesavers of the future.”

Anyone aged between 17-65, weighing more than 50 kg (7 stone 12lbs) and in general good health could potentially start saving lives by becoming a blood donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have donated in the last two years.

For more information or to book an appointment, call 0300 1232323 or visit www.blood.co.uk