A health body is calling for more people to help fill the gaps by starting to donate blood.
To mark the start of National Blood Week, this week, NHS Blood and Transplant says 204,000 new volunteers need to come forward this year across England and North Wales to keep the nation’s blood stocks at a safe level for the future.
Regular donations are crucial to saving and improving the lives of patients with cancer, blood disorders and those suffering medical trauma or undergoing surgery.
But now bosses are appealing for people from Hartlepool and East Durham to donate blood and help save lives.
It comes after the Mail launched Mine’s a Pint campaign to boost blood donations.
Jon Latham, assistant director for donor services and marketing at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We simply can’t ignore the fact that there has been a stark reduction in the number of new donors coming forward – a trend seen across the world.
“While we can meet the needs of patients now, it’s important we strengthen the donor base for the future. ”
If you are 17 or over, visit www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 1232323 to find out more.