People in Rugby are being encouraged to think about giving blood since stocks can dip during the summer months.
Existing and new blood donors are needed to ensure vital supplies of blood are available for patients who need them.
Currently 6,000 units of blood are needed everyday to help save the lives of sick and injured patients across England and North Wales.
For some patients who have severe blood loss, such as those who have complications in childbirth or a traffic accident, a blood transfusion can make the difference between life and death.
Michelle Laserna, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We realise that when the schools break for summer that there are holidays and days out planned and it can be easy to put off giving blood.
“We’re asking you try to keep your appointment if at all possible but if you can’t, then please let us know by calling 0300 123 23 23 so that your appointment can be offered to someone else.
There is also a bank holiday at the end of August, making a date to donate and keeping your appointment even more important as this is another time of year when blood donation can dip.”
For more details, visit www.blood.co.uk