Celebrity ambassadors such as Ruth Langsford, Katie Piper, Beth Tweddle, David Harewood and Wil Johnson are lining up to urge us to spell out our donation decisions.
Shocking figures have revealed that just 45 per cent of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they are unaware of their loved one’s decision to be a donor, but this figure rises to 95 per cent when they know the decision.
Ruth Langsford says: “I’ve been an organ donor since I could drive – so a long long time ago. I think it’s so important for families to know about your decision, as they will feel more comforted when the time comes. For me organ donation is about passing on life, actually knowing that your loved one has helped someone can bring you great comfort.”
On average 3 people a day die in need of an organ transplant in the UK because there aren’t enough organs available. More lives could potentially be saved if more families agreed to donate their loved ones organs after death. Despite the thousands of life-saving transplant operations which take place every year, around 10,000 people are currently in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.
In the event of tragedy, organ donation is a way to make a difference to improve - or even safe - the lives of others. If it's something you feel strongly about, make sure to register your preferences. For further information about National Transplant Week and to register your organ donation decision go to www.transplantweek.co.uk.