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Remembering the Gift of Life

In support of National Transplant Week (7 - 13 September), Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is opening a memorial for the families of those who have donated organs.

On Thursday 10 September the memorial, at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, will be officially opened by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire Dr Umesh Udeshi and the Mayor of Worcester, Cllr Roger Knight.

Featuring the ‘gift’ from a garden designed to promote organ donation, which received a gold award from the RHS Malvern Spring Festival garden, the memorial will offer families a space to remember the unique gift of life their loved ones gave to others.

This year National Transplant Week is encouraging people who’ve joined the donor register to share their decision with others. A third of people who wish to donate their organs haven’t told their family and friends. The decision to be an organ donor can only be honoured if a patient’s next of kin agrees.

Emma Lawson, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation said: “Telling your family that you want to donate your organs makes it easier for them to give consent when the time comes.

“This new memorial at the hospital will allow us all to reflect and remember the difficult decision these families have made, and offer them some comfort in knowing their loved ones have gone on to help others in need.”

One donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine people, last year in Worcestershire 15 donors donated 50 organs to people on the waiting list. Across the county there are 88 people waiting for a transplant.

Find out more about organ donation and join the register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk, or call 0300 123 23 23 or text SAVE to 62323. 

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