Families in Barnsley are being encouraged to talk about organ donation as part of Organ Donation Week 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.

The theme colour of the campaign is pink, and organisations across the country such as councils, business and universities are turning their buildings pink in support of the event.

Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ, and there are 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 their organs. 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.

Barnsley Hospital’s Dr Akhilesh Bowry said:

“We’d like people in Barnsley to ask questions at home, such as: ‘If you could save somebody’s life would you?’, ‘If you would accept an organ if you or your loved ones needed one, shouldn’t you be prepared to donate?’

“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year in Barnsley and around the country because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”

We work closely with the other 15 hospitals in the Yorkshire Region to promote and conduct organ donation. The hospital is currently working on producing an organ donation memorial on site to ensure those that have selflessly ‘gifted life’ to others are recognised.

Millions of people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Join them today and tell your family you want to save lives. Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Residents in Barnsley can also show their support for organ donation and help get others talking about organ donation. They could:

  • download a digital organ donor card onto their mobile phone screen so their friends and family can see they support organ donation
  • share social posts from @NHSOrganDonor on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram