05 September 2016
Today, Monday 5 September, marks the first day of Organ Donation Week. This year’s theme is ‘Turn an end, into a beginning’ which will highlight how people can give someone the chance of a new beginning by becoming an organ donor.
Every day across the UK around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors. A further 6,500 are currently on the waiting list. At the same time, too many families faced with the possibility of donating a relative’s organs, do not know what they wanted and find themselves having to make a decision on their behalf.
Throughout the week, people will be encouraged to start a conversation about organ donation – with their families, friends or colleagues – and to ensure their relatives know their decision.
Many families say that donation helps with their grief and feel enormous pride at knowing that their relative went on to save lives after they died – giving others the chance of a new beginning.
Start a conversation today and help turn an end into a beginning. To find out more, visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk/odw or follow activity on social media: