Blood donors urged to come forward for festive season

Blood donors are being urged to come forward in the run-up to the festive season. November through to New Year is traditionally a "challenging" time for blood stocks, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHS BT) said as it launched its most recent donation campaign.

November to the New Year is a "challenging" time for blood stocks. Credit: PA Wire

Christmas shopping, the party season and extra public holidays mean that some donors forget to take the time to give blood, officials said.

During the same period, hospitals in England and North Wales will need half a million units of blood.