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Step Out Challenge – Organ Donation Week 2020

It’s organ donation week and this year we have the Step Out challenge. Nurses on average take between 7667-16,390 steps per day. The step out challenge asks Northamptonshire residents to walk 10,000+ steps daily to match the Northamptonshire nurses. Simply share your...

Lift Tower – Organ Donation Week 2020

It’s Organ Donation Week and to help raise awareness we are lighting up the lift tower Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 7:30pm. Now is the perfect time to have a conversation with your loved ones and share your donation decision. We’d love to see your view...

#TeamIDo

Thank you to Moira and her sons who ran the Northampton Parkrun this Saturday wearing our #TeamIDo running vest. "We had such a lovely morning. The Parkrun is so friendly. Was definitely not the fastest of 5K's but was great to do it as a family." "As parents we've...

Santa Pod Raceway

MASSIVE THANK YOU to Santa Pod Raceway for choosing the I DOnate Campaign as the charity for their annual auction. This was a great way to help raise awareness of the charity to a huge audience.Santa Pod Raceway auctioned off lots of memorabilia and despite bad...

Cod I Do Love A Giggle

Congratulations to all involved with this years Comedy Night. 'Cod I DO Love a Giggle' was a roaring success! We had a huge turn out. Thank you to Cheyne Walk Club for always supporting our events such a great venue. Compere Dave, support act Diane Spencer, and the...

Wiggle Hawker Hurricane Sportive

Another fitness challenge conquered by the IDOnate team. This one was tough with cold winds. Great atmosphere as always and great to ride along so many people. Departing from Turweston Aerodrome, Brackley the Wiggle Hawker Hurricane was a cracking made up of rolling...

Behind the scenes – Organ Donation Video

Over the last few months we have had the privilege of interviewing amazing people across all aspects of the Organ Donation process. Here are some behind the scenes from our upcoming video about organ donation featuring Kristina Haggar who received a double lung...

Jane’s Story

In 1999 my mum had to have a liver transplant and as a family we always knew that the anti-liver rejections tablets would cause kidney damage and ultimately she would need a kidney transplant. In April 2016 mum’s kidney function deteriorated and it was then my parents...

Marathon runner raises £4562.17 for I DOnate Organ Donation Northampton

Brian Lydon, of Lydon Contracting Ltd, completed the Dublin City Marathon on October 30th 2016 in under 4 hours. Having just turned 40, he decided to set himself a challenge all in the name of the Cancer Research UK charity. As a big supporter of the I DOnate...

I DO cycle – The Roman Challenge Bike Event

A massive well done to our bike challenge competitors for completing a gruelling 8 mile course through the tough terrain of Salcey Forest. You did us proud, sporting the I DOnate t-shirts and headbands, helping to raise awareness. Great work team!

National Transplant Week

National Transplant Week – Only 31% of us in the UK have joined the organ donor register – yet more than 10,000 of us need a transplant.  So who’s giving them?

The answer is not enough people.  The serious lack of donations mean 1000 per year are dying needlessly.   So the purpose of the week is to draw awareness to the problem and make a change.

Kidney transplants are most common, as well as hearts, livers and other organs.  Donated corneas also give people a new way of looking at the world!

So how does it work?  Donors are matched according to blood and tissue type.   People from the same ethnic group are likely to be a closer match – although people from different ethnic groups usually match just as well.

When you register and get your donor card you can choose which organs you want to donate – but not who they’re donated to.

The long-term organ transplant benefits are invaluable.   Not only does it give someone a second chance, transplants are less expensive than having to to keep paying for medication that would ultmiately only be a temporary solution.

When someone dies, it’s really hard to accept that they’re gone.   But knowing that a part of their loved one will help someone else will be a huge help for the person grieving.

Hearts, kidneys livers and corneas are all vital organs needed by people to survive and go on to enjoy their lives.  Click here to join the organ donor register.

So what can you do this July?  Well you could run an awareness day in your workplace by setting up a display table and giving out leaflets – or if that’s not possible you could just hand out some posters to shops and offices near you to help raise awareness of the week.

In the meantime keeps tabs on the National Transplant Week website to get fundraising ideas and find out more about organ transplants.

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