Friday 13 February 2009

Sign up to the organ donor register this Valentine's Day

While many will wait in anticipation of an anonymous message landing on their doormat this February 14th, thousands of people in the UK are hoping for a message of a different kind, the news that they will get their life-saving transplant.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is calling for people to make Valentine’s Day the day they join the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR) and send a message of hope to those who are in need.

While 90% of people in the UK say that they support organ donation in principle, only 26% - just over a quarter of the population - have actually joined the NHS Organ Donor Register. More than 3,000 organ transplants were carried out in the UK last year, but with almost 8,000 people currently waiting, the need for more donated organs is greater than ever

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