AN appeal has been launched to encourage people to give ‘lifesaving’ blood next week.

A session is being held on Thursday at the Holiday Inn in Dodworth from 9.25am to 3.15pm and NHS Blood and Transplant are urging people to attend to donate, particularly those with rarer blood types.

Dominic Sutherland, head of donor planning and performance for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Blood donation is a reason to do something amazing and help ensure patients continue to get the lifesaving blood they need for emergencies, childbirth, surgery, cancer treatment and to treat blood and medical conditions.

“Blood stocks are more likely to drop around public holidays when people go on holiday or enjoy days out with the family and don’t donate.

“This Jubilee bank holiday weekend we need our amazing donors in Barnsley who are fit and healthy, especially those with O blood groups and B negative, though all blood types remain in demand.

“If you used to donate blood but haven’t done so in a while, please come back if you can - our fantastic team will be delighted to welcome you at The Holiday Inn.”