- 6,500 people in the United Kingdom are waiting for a life saving organ transplant
- While most people support organ donation only 35 per cent have registered as donors
- Three people die each day because of a shortage of organs
Stop delaying and save a life – Enfield Council urges people to become organ donors..
Residents are being urged to give the greatest gift imaginable this Christmas by agreeing to become an organ donor and potentially saving a seriously ill person’s life.
The NHS is launching its ‘Yes I Donate’ Organ Donation Campaign on 5 December and Enfield Council is urging residents to support it and help make a difference for a critically ill person.
Around 6,500 people are on the waiting list for an organ transplant, but three will die each day because of a shortage of organs even though the vast majority of people, (85 per cent), support organ donation, only 35 per cent of people have signed the organ donation register which means their organs can be used after their death.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “We all have busy lives, but we need to find time to do this one important thing. We know people delay signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and that can be the difference between life and death for a person waiting for an organ transplant.
“People don’t want to think about their own death, but patients waiting for a transplant depend on people of all ages thinking about whether they want to save lives when they die and registering their decision to become a donor.
“If you want to save lives, spend a couple of minutes registering that you want to donate your organs on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Please remember to tell your family that you want to be a donor so it’s easier for them to support your decision to save lives when you die.”
You can sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register by visiting NHS.