NHS Blood and Transplant are appealing for people to get in touch and give blood.

They say there is currently an urgent need for people to give blood donations.

They hold donor sessions collecting blood from regular and new donors and currently have a number of appointments still available for people to book and donate blood across the Cumbria area.

One of these donor sessions will be held on September 24, from 2pm to 6pm at North Lakes Hotel, Ullswater Road, Penrith, CA11 8QT

Another will take place on October 9, from 3pm to 7pm at Community Sports Centre, Netherhall School, Netherhall Road, Maryport, CA15 6NT.

More appointments are available by using a search tool at www.blood.co.uk which will find the nearest location to your address and give the availability of appointments.

The NHS Blood and Transplant team are hoping that new and regular donors will register and book appointments over the next few weeks by contacting www.blood.co.uk or call them on 0300 123 2323. The link - www.blood.co.uk - gives all the current up to date information regarding blood donation and the current Covid-19 situation.