It’s National Transplant Week!

Today is the start of National Transplant Week 2015 and this years theme is    ‘7 Days To Say Yes I Donate’.

  

National Transplant week is all about encouraging people to think about organ donation, to talk about their decision with their family and friends and to sign up to the register.
A new study has reported that 50% of the UK population hasn’t even talked about organ donation with their family. That is a huge amount! A lot of people are unaware that your family always has the last decision when it comes to organ donation whether you are signed up on the organ donor register or not. Can you imagine how hard it would be for somebody to have to make that decision without being aware of what their loved one would have wanted? That is why it is so important that we all talk to our families and friends about organ donation and let them know our wishes, whatever they may be. It also does wonders for raising awareness and encouraging others to think about their choices around organ donation.
Organ donation is a rare and wonderful thing. It isn’t until you or somebody you care about is affected by it that you become fully aware of the way in which it really changes lives. There are so many awful things going on in this world that we feel we have no control over but this is one thing we do have control over! This is a rare thing where we, as human beings can actually save other human beings, end their suffering and enable them to live again. How great is that?! 
I was so saddened to hear the news headlines a couple of months ago that last year was the first time in 11 years that the number of people donating organs in the UK fell. Are we okay with sitting back and doing nothing about this? I’m certainly not! We have the power to change this, to change the statistic that three people die EVERY DAY whilst waiting for a transplant. We are the only ones who can change this, let’s make the most of our potential. 
If you haven’t considered organ donation, this week is the perfect time to do so. If you haven’t talked to your family and friends about your opinions and wishes on organ donation, this week is the perfect time to do so. If you haven’t got round to signing the organ donor register… this week is the perfect time to do so! You may think it’s a difficult subject to talk about but it is the difference between life and death for those in need of a transplant. 
Whatever you do this week to support National Transplant Week please share it with me and with all of your friends. Together we can all make a difference and we can all save lives! 

Below is a link to some National Transplant Week materials that you might find helpful for getting the word out there.
https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/news-and-campaigns/downloads/
Share the digital postcard on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else you can think of, print off some leaflets and take them into work, hand them out at your local shops, surgeries or wherever you feel they might get noticed. 

You can also join the Thunderclap campaign at https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/30922-yes-say-i-donate?locale=en               this will be hitting social media on Thursday 10th September. 

Twibon is also available now – this will add a ‘stamp’ to your social media profile picture. You can get this at   http://twibbon.com/support/transplant-week-2015


Most importantly, talk to your family and friends about organ donation this week, sign up to the register and encourage others to do the sameness!
If you would like any other ideas or help on how to get the word out there this week then please email me on maxine@pscsupport.org.uk

I will be sporting my Transplant Week T-shirt in work this week and will have some leaflets at my desk in hope of prompting conversation with clients. I will also be at my local hospital manning a National Transplant Week table, handing out leaflets and talking to people about the importance organ donation and how a donor gave me my life back. 

Let’s hope this week is successful and the message is spread far and wide! 

Thanks for reading x 

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