YOU can give the gift of life.
That’s the message of a new campaign launched today by The Star to boost the number of people signed up to the NHS organ donor register.
The Gift of Life Campaign aims to recruit 12,000 new life-saving donors from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire before inspirational transplant survivors compete in The Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Sheffield this summer.
The campaign has been backed by Dave Horner, whose wife Karina gave him one of her kidneys – the most common organ donated by a living person – and a whole new lease of life.
Dad-of-two Dave, who competes in the August games to promote the benefits of transplants, said: “The last three months before the operation I was managing to go to work but I was exhausted.
“But from day one after the transplant you just feel like you could run a marathon!
“Some people aren’t as lucky as I am, and I know three people a day die waiting for a transplant.
“We’ve got to raise the profile of organ donation because people deserve a second chance.”
Dave, aged 43, added: “Karina has given me a second chance at life and I want to put it to good use.”