The annual, UK-wide, awareness week runs from 9th to 15th July to increase understanding of organ donation and encourage more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Three people die every day whilst they wait for organs in the UK and just 30% of the UK population is currently signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Despite the thousands of life-saving transplant operations which take place every year, some 7,500 people are on the waiting list for a transplant in theUK.
Sally Johnson, NHSBT’s Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, added: “We hope that this year’s National Transplant Week will encourage sign up to the ODR, and encourage donors to talk to their family and friends about their donation wishes.”
Stephen Mosley commented: ‘I am delighted to be supporting National Transplant Week 2012, there are already 33,177 people on the Organ Donor Register in City of Chester and I hope the week encourages more constituents to become donors and ‘pass it on’ to loved ones.’
“If you join the ODR tell the people closest to you. Otherwise, your wishes may come as a surprise at a time when they are trying to deal with their loss. This could affect their decision to proceed with a life-saving donation. To add your name to the ODR please call 0300 123 2323, text JOIN 84880 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.”
For further information about National Transplant Week, go to http://www.transplantweek.co.uk/.