ALMOST a thousand York people found time over the busy festive season to donate one of the most precious gifts of all - their own blood.

Good on them. It was a marvellous demonstration of Christmas spirit. Every pint given could be the difference between life and death.

The bosses of the blood service were delighted by the generosity of York's seasonal response. But the need for blood is constant. So if you didn't give over Christmas, how about doing so now?