A campaign urging people to join the Organ Donor Register (ODR) is being backed by Nottingham Forest footballers.The Reds are supporting Nottingham University Hospital’s campaign asking people to ‘be a hero’ and join the register.
More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these, three will die each day waiting as there are not enough organs available. In Nottinghamshire more than 160 people are waiting for a transplant.
Forest captain Danny Collins is encouraging people to back the campaign. He said: “Supporting this campaign is so important because joining the Organ Donor Register is quick, simple and can make a real difference to people’s lives.
“Organ donation is not something you tend to think about, unless it directly affects you. However if I ever needed a transplant I know that I would be grateful to those people who have signed up and joined the register. If you feel the same way, please join the Organ Donor Register today.”
Anyone can register on the ODR. Age is not a barrier to being an organ or tissue donor and neither are most medical conditions. People in their 70s and 80s have become donors and saved many lives.
Charmaine Buss, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at NUH, said: “We are very grateful to Nottingham Forest for helping us raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.
“It is through these partnerships that we can get people talking about organ donation and go some way to helping the thousands of people that die a year waiting for a transplant.”
At Nottingham University Hospitals last year, 13 donors allowed 39 patients to benefit from 40 organs. This generosity also accounted for the 95 kidney transplants carried out at City Hospital.
Forest will use the home game against Bolton Wanderers to raise awareness of organ donation. Staff from NUH, as well as donor families and transplant recipients, will be at the game on Saturday 16 February.
Click here to visit the Organ Donor Register website.