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THIS winter an NHS group is aiming to recruit 100,000 new blood donors in 100 days.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), which organises donor sessions, launched the challenge earlier this month to ensure stocks are high over the colder months.

NHSBT lead donor relations manager John Canning said: ‘While we appreciate people are often very busy shopping for presents and planning get-togethers at this time of the year, donated blood is needed just as much as ever in December.

‘As a result, we are appealing for people to show warm hearts by taking just a little time out to give blood this Christmas.

‘We are particularly keen for younger people and those who haven’t given blood before to get in touch so that they can become the lifesavers of the future.’

Anyone aged between 17 and 65, weighing more than 50 kg and in general good health could become a donor.

There is no upper age limit for donors who have given blood in the past two years.

To find out more, call 0300 123 23 23 or visit blood.co.uk.