CALLS are being made for more people to give blood as Mother's Day approaches.

NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people who would like to give blood to attend a donor session which could potentially help new mothers and babies.

About six per cent of blood used in hospitals is for maternity care to help mums before, during and after birth and their babies.

A blood donation session will be held on Monday, March 10, at Malton Community Sports Centre, Malton, from 2pm to 4pm and from 5pm to 7pm.

Other sessions will be running throughout March. To find out more, or to book an appointment, phone 0300 1232323 or visit