THE National Blood Service is asking summer holidaymakers to make sure they put giving blood on their checklist before they jet off.
Summer holidays mean there is a drop in the number of people giving blood, but the demand for it still remains high.
This is why the NBS is urging people to remember to give blood before they go away.
Just under 3,000 donations of blood are needed in Yorkshire each week to supply hospitals.
But only 5% of eligible people in the UK give blood and under 3% of all donors are from black or ethnic minority backgrounds.
By giving just once a person can save three lives as different parts of the blood are used for different purposes.
Donation takes around an hour. New donors fill in a health questionnaire and go through the answers with an adviser. Then you go on to give just less than a pint of blood.
You can give blood up to three times a year.
You can also sign up as a bone marrow donor via the NBS. Simply ask to be registered at the start of your session and a small separate phial of blood will be taken.
You can give blood if you are aged 17 to 59, in good health and weight over seven stone 12lb.
If you want to sign up as a bone marrow donor via the NBS you must be aged 18 to 49 and eligible to give blood.
Find out more about donation or look for your nearest session by visiting www.blood.co.uk or calling 0845 7711 711.