Newry Town Hall turns pink for Organ Donation Week

Henrietta Strickland
September 10, 2018

While the number of donors is rising and waiting lists are reducing, there are now 6,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the UK. "Indeed, organ donors are heroes of our times", the health chief said.

Families in Barnsley are being encouraged to talk about organ donation this month as part of Organ Donation Week, running from September 3 to 9.

. This can make the successful donation and transplantation of more delicate organs such as the heart and lungs less likely.

During Organ Donation Week, the NHS is urging families to talk about donation with the message - "Words Save Lives".

"As the families with first-hand experience of organ donation speak out, they support one of the campaign's aims to remove the stigma associated with talking about final wishes with our loved ones".

Erica also explained she fully supports plan to introduced "presumed consent" laws, saying that she doesn't "understand why anybody would want to hang on to stuff when they're not even there to appreciate them".

"I've known for more than 20 years that I would need a transplant one day but I was still terrified to be told I was going on the list because it made it real", Ms Beattie said.

The sculpture was unveiled by Donna Green, chief nurse at the Trust, who said: "We see families come together in extraordinary circumstances to do something remarkable for others, and I have seen first hand how life-changing this can be".

"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the fact that two people agreed to donate their organs", said the 51-year-old mum from Chipping Norton.

Since Be a Hero, a campaigned backed by the Yorkshire Evening Post, was launched, the number of people in Yorkshire and Humber waiting for a transplant has nearly halved, from 800 to 483. Don't leave your family guessing what you would have wanted to happen.

Mr Clarkson added: "Please, let your family know your decision and ask them if they want to be donors".

"Less than half of families approached about donation agree to donate a relative's organs if they are unaware of their relative's decision to be a donor".

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