MORE local people than ever have come forward to be blood donors - bucking a national trend.

Attendance at a town centre session at Holy Rood parish hall was up by 18 per cent and at Priory Campus, Lundwood, by 11 per cent on last year.

The NHS Blood and Transplant health authority said these donations were vital to keep people alive.

Barnsley Hospital uses about 6,500 units each year which is 125 each week.

"It's great to see that more residents of Barnsley are becoming blood donors," said Holly Mason, donor relations manager.

"We just need to ensure that this trend continues so we can continue to supply the local hospital with the blood they require to save lives."

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

For more information visit www.blood.co.uk