THE NHS has urged the public not to be put off by the cold weather this winter when it comes to donating blood.
The cold days and dark nights mean donors are more likely to stay at home over the winter.
An increase in colds and flu also makes it unable for some people to donate.
So the local service has urged would-be donors not to delay.
Holly Mason Lead Donor Relations Manager for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “At this time of year blood stocks tend to dip because people are unable to give blood, so it’s important that people come forward to donate if they can do.”
Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50 kg (seven stone 12lbs) can donate.
There is no upper age limit for those who have donated in the last two years.
To book an appointment call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.blood.co.uk.