Thousands sign to join organ donor register

Pictured is Christine Thornton at home in, Alexandra Road,Aston
Pictured is Christine Thornton at home in, Alexandra Road,Aston
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THOUSANDS of people have pledged to save lives thanks to a Star-backed campaign to recruit more organ donors.

New ‘inspiring’ figures show more than 3,300 residents have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register since the Gift of Life drive launched in January.

The milestone marks a quarter of the target set by the campaign, which wants to sign up 12,000 local donors before the British Transplant Games are held in Sheffield in August.

Aston mum-of-two Christine Thornton, who writes a blog for The Star while she waits for a double lung transplant, said: “It is brilliant news. It means a lot to people on the waiting list and their families.

“I recently signed up to be a donor because if I don’t get my transplant, I’m not going to be around, so at least somebody else will benefit.

“Please join the register because if it doesn’t help me it will help others.”

Transplant survivors, a surgeon and businesses are backing the campaign.

Athletes from across the UK will compete in the Westfield Health-sponsored games .

Graham Moore, chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Westfield Health, said: “These donor figures are fantastic and truly inspiring. I’d like to thank everyone who has added their name to the register since we started the Gift of Life campaign.

“Let’s keep momentum going and smash our target of 12,000 names by the time the games come to Sheffield.

“If you’ve not registered, please take a minute to do so and play your part in saving lives.”

There are now 367, 431 people on the register living in an S postcode, compared to 364,116 when the campaign began in January.

John Timms, games director, said: “This is a great achievement. Thanks to the support of the Star, other partners in the Gift of Life campaign and businesses in the city who are supporting the games we are raising awareness.”

n Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 to sign up.