A recent NHS survey shows that while 8 out of 10 people support organ donation, half have never talked to anyone about donating their organs. Family members make the ultimate decision about donation, so the Trust and 14 other charities are joining the campaign to encourage people to have a #DonationConversation with their loved ones.
Oli Lewington, Director of Engagement at the Trust, said, “We’re proud to be taking part in the #DonationConversation campaign. An average of three people die every day across the UK because there aren’t enough organs available, and this is something that desperately needs to change. Action on transplants is a vital part of our work to achieve a life unlimited for those affected by cystic fibrosis."
The #DonationConversation campaign is kicking off with a public debate about organ donation at the Pullman Hotel in Liverpool from 10.30am on Friday 29 July, with five panellists discussing how the donation conversation has affected their lives.
The Trust are encouraging people to talk to their relatives about organ donation, share the word on social media using the hashtag #DonationConversation, and sign up to a Thunderclap to help spread the word about the life changing benefits of organ donation.
The Trust held a roundtable discussion with Kim, Kathryn and Jon, three very different people with cystic fibrosis at different stages in their transplant journeys. They met up online to talk about their experiences with organ donation. Watch the video to find out more, or listen to their ‘soundtable’ podcast on SoundCloud!
The personal touch
If you want to become a donor, join the NHS Organ Donor Register online or call 0300 123 23 23 and remember to tell your family about your organ donation decision.