The NHS is launching a major campaign in the region to encourage more people to give blood.
The number of regular donors has been falling consistently for a decade and doctors say they need 100,000 people to come forward in the next 100 days to address the shortfall.
Sixteen-year-old Christie Dalgleish from Carlisle is only alive today because of seventy tranfusions she received after developing aplastic anaemia three years ago.
Her mother, Jennifer Dalgliesh, says that the importance of people giving blood cannot be overstated.
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Emma Jesson brings you Sunday night's forecast
Wet and windy spells, interspersed with drier interludes this week. Breezy with wintry showers, variable temperatures and a weather warning
Mostly cloudy, some bright spells, rain on and off and blustery. Milder temperatures than on Saturday