Here at Hartlepool College we are supporting Organ Donation Week, September 3 to 9 via our RESPECT team. We are all behind the 'Yes I Donate' organ donation campaign, to inspire students and staff to tell their families that they want to donate. This is being mentioned in our student inductions and information displayed in our college atrium to show students how much we are behind national campaigns that make a positive difference to many lives.
Tina Preston, lead on the RESPECT agenda at Hartlepool College discussed the events in college:
“We really value initiatives such as this and challenging our students to think about supporting others. National Organ Donation Week comes at a time when many students are starting college so it's a really positive message to kick-start our RESPECT campaign with. We also need students and their families in the region to ask questions at home, such as: If you would take an organ if you needed one, shouldn’t you be prepared to donate? Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year in the north east and around the country because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not.”
Did you know?
- Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ, and there are many individuals on the transplant waiting list.
- Families will always be approached about donation if a loved one can donate their organs
- Many individuals are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register but the UK requires many more. However, people need to tell their family, to help ensure their family supports their decision when they are approached about donation by a specialist nurse in hospital.
Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said:
“It’s brilliant of Hartlepool College to show its support for Organ Donation Week. The modern organ donor card is pink and it certainly gets conversations going. “We’d like people in Hartlepool and the North East in general to just talk to their families. 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, join them today and tell your family you want to save lives. Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk
Residents in the north east can also show their support for organ donation, like we are, to help get others talking about organ donation. You can download a digital organ donor card onto your mobile phone screen so your friends and family can see you support organ donation or share social posts from @NHSOrganDonor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram