Around 700 blood donations are needed in Plymouth to maintain supplies over the Christmas holidays.
NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on registered donors as well as new ones to make appointments ahead of the festive period.
A single blood donation can save or improve up to three lives.
Health workers in the South West will be taking part in a four-hour strike today.
GMB members will be striking between 7 and 11 this morning as part of an on going pay dispute. It's the second wave of industrial action being taken by health workers. They took similar action last month.
After switching on the Christmas lights in Barnstaple The Overtones perform to the hundreds of people who have gathered in The Square
A website in Plymouth allowing people to give away gifts to those in need at Christmas is going from strength to strength. People have been donating everything from Christmas hampers to holidays as well as unwanted items from previous occasions.
Crowds of people are gathering in The Square in Barnstaple this evening for the Christmas lights switch on.
Boy band The Overtones are headlining this year's event and will be switching on the lights just before 6pm. A fun fair is also being held on the Strand.
Exeter Chiefs went to the top of the Premiership for at least 24 hours after a richly deserved 31-15 victory over Wasps at Sandy Park.Read the full story ›
Yeovil Town have climbed off the bottom of League One after coming from behind to beat ten-man Notts County. The hosts had Gary Jones sent off for a two-footed tackle, then went ahead when Mike Petrasso latched onto a poor backpass. But Jordan Clarke scored twice in the last ten minutes to secure the three points for Gary Johnson's men.
In League Two, Exeter City also came from behind to beat Shrewsbury at St James Park. The visitors led 2-0 at half-time, but a Tom Nichols double and David Wheeler turned the game around.
Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in 8 games, going down 1-0 at Mansfield. Kelvin Mellor had Argyle's best chance, but hit the crossbar with an open goal.
And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 2-2 with Gateshead at Plainmoor. The Gulls were leading for most of the match after Ryan Bowman's 8th minute penalty. The visitors then scored twice in the last five minutes, but Bowman rescued a point in stoppage time.