Share your wishes on Organ Donation Week

Families in Barnsley are being encouraged to talk about organ donation this month as part of Organ Donation Week, running from September 3 to 9.

NHS Blood and Transplant - which provides the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK - is running the ‘Yes I Donate’ organ donation campaign, to inspire people to tell their families that they want to donate.

Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ, and there are currently more than 490 people on the transplant waiting list in Yorkshire and the Humber area.

Families will always be approached about donation if a loved one can donate. Knowing what their loved one wanted helps families support their decision at a difficult time. More than 1.9 million people in the Yorkshire and Humber area are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register. However, people need to tell their family to help ensure their family supports their decision when they are approached about donation by a specialist nurse in hospital.

More than 1.9 million people in the Yorkshire and Humber area are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk for more details.