Organ Donation Week: Words save lives
It’s national Organ Donation Week and Haringey Council is encouraging residents to talk to their families about saving and transforming lives.
Organ Donation Week is a national NHS campaign that runs from September 3 to 9.
In Haringey, there were 40 people waiting for a transplant in May, while nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ.
Only one-third of adults in England have told their partner or family they want to donate, despite 8 out of 10 people saying they would be willing to or would consider it. This means that many opportunities to save lives through organ donation are lost every year, because families are unaware that their loved one wants to be a donor.
There are 76,843 Haringey residents on the donor register.
Haringey Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Cllr Peray Ahmet, said:
With so many people desperately in need of an organ here in Haringey and across the country, we need our residents to talk about donation. If you want to be a donor, please let your family know your wishes – it could save someone’s life.
Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said:
We are very grateful to Haringey Council for their support during Organ Donation Week. Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.
Millions of people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register, so join them today and tell your family you want to save lives. Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk