As you read this more than 10,000 people of all ages across the UK are waiting for an organ transplant. Yet many people – on average three a day – die before they can have a transplant because there are simply not enough organs available. Do you believe in organ donation? If you would take an organ, would you be willing to give one to help someone live after your death? If so, take a few minutes to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, the confidential database of people who have registered.
Even if you have a donor card, you should join the register to make sure your wishes are recorded. The more people who join the register, the more lives could be saved. Black and South Asian people are more likely to need a transplant than most and there is a better chance of getting a closer match and a successful transplant if the donor and recipient are from the same ethnic group. So it’s important for everyone to join the register. Please remember to let those closest to you know your wishes about organ donation. We would like to thank Merseyside Police Federation for giving us the opportunity to tell you about the importance of organ donation.
96% of us would take an organ if we needed one.
Yet only 28% of us have taken action and joined the NHS Organ Donor Register.
If you believe in organ donation, prove it.
NHS Blood and Transplant
Liz Hosford received a kidney from her Mum in 1990. Liz now competes in both the national and world Transplant games playing badminton and other sports.
John McCafferty had a heart transplant in 1982 at Harefield Hospital and is now their longest living survivor. As John puts it, organ donation has given him the ‘great gift of life’.
Will you consider helping someone like Liz and John??
Join the Organ Donor Register now
www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call the donor line on 0300 123 23 23.