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Call for Christmas blood donors

Blood donors in Lincolnshire have been urged to attend sessions over the Christmas holiday period.

The National Blood Donor Service said it expected to see a 10% drop in the number of donations in the county.

It puts the fall down to December being a busy time for regular donors - and people putting off going until after the New Year.

But the service has warned that while there may be distractions, the demand for donations does not go away.

Craig Taylor, from the organisation, said: "Some people do stop donating over Christmas but blood nowadays is used for many reasons not just accidents and emergencies.

"So people who are receiving cancer treatment, for example, they are relying on people coming forward and giving a pint over the holidays."

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