Barnsley Hospital volunteers are wearing pink this week to highlight a change in the law about organ donation.

Volunteers are wearing bright pink ‘Yes, I Donate’ t-shirts to mark National Organ Donation Week from Monday September 2 to Sunday September 8.

From spring 2020 organ donation in England is moving to an ‘opt out’ system. This means that all adults in England will be considered to be a potential organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate.

Specialist Organ Donation Nurse Jane Tute said:

“The law will change next year, meaning everyone will be presumed to have consented to organ donation in the event of their death unless they opt out.

“We want to make sure people know about the change and National Organ Donation Week is a great time to spread the word.”

According to national NHS Blood and Transplant figures, 1,600 people donated their organs after they died last year, saving or improving the lives of 3,941 recipients. Sadly, over the same year, 400 people died waiting for a transplant and a further 777 became so ill they had to be removed from the list, with many dying soon afterwards.

At the moment, more than 6,000 people are waiting for the call to say a donor has been found, a call which could mean the difference between them living long enough to become teenagers or adults, see their children grow up, attend the wedding of their son or daughter or spend precious extra years with their grandchildren.

Before 2020, you can still register your wishes to become an organ donor. Even so, the medical team caring for you will always ask your family’s consent in supporting your wishes.

It’s your choice if you want to donate your organs. Please register your wishes on the NHS Organ Donor register – and remember to tell your loved ones what you have decided.