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Appeal for Cumbrian blood donors

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People in Cumbria are urged to give blood before Christmas Credit: ITV News Border

The NHS Blood and Transplant service is urging people in Cumbria to give blood in the run-up to Christmas.

The service warns that blood stocks can run low between November and New Year, because people are busy with festive preparations.

Hospitals across England and Wales require around 7,000 units of blood a day. The NHS says only 4% of the eligible population are active blood donors.

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