he National Federation of Women’s Institutes (NFWI) have in the last week voted overwhelmingly to support a national campaign to support organ donation.
Each year, members of the WI vote for or against a resolution. This year, the resolution voted for on Saturday 7 June in Leeds was: “The NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant. We call on every member of the WI to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities to do likewise”.
A massive 98% of those that attended the event in Leeds and voted said yes to the resolution. It now becomes the campaigning focus for over 212,000 WI members across England, Wales and the Islands.
Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said:
“It’s wonderful that the WI has made raising awareness about organ donation their new campaign. The more people talk abut organ donation, the more a normal part of society it will become. And with three people dying every day in need of an organ, we need to do all we can to increase the number of organs available.
“The WI will provide the inspirational leadership we need at a local level across the nation to encourage people to talk to their families and friends about organ donation so that no family is left to guess what their loved one wanted. This campaign will make a real difference to the thousands of people and their families who are waiting for the life saving gift of an organ.”
NHS Blood and Transplant works in partnership with many diverse organisations to drive awareness of organ donation and ultimately save and improve more lives through transplantation. Millions of people have added their names to the NHS Organ Donor Register as a result of activity from partnerships and campaigns. We look forward to working in partnership with the WI and seeing this campaign rolled out across the country.
Marylyn Haines, Public Affairs Chair of the NFWI said:
“This resolution calls on all members to make their intentions on organ donation known to their loved ones, taking away the burden of deciding whether or not to donate organs and allowing family to honour decisions.”
For further information please call Pauline O’Brien in the NHS Blood and Transplant Press Office on 01923 367669
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Notes to editors
- NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. Its remit includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS in England and North Wales. It is also the organ donor organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs.
- The NHS Organ Donor Register records the details of people who have registered their wishes to donate organs and/or tissue after their death for transplantation. This information is used by authorised medical staff to establish whether a person wanted to donate.
- It’s simple to join the Organ Donor Register by:
- going to www.organdonation.nhs.uk
- ringing 0300 123 23 23
- Text SAVE to 62323
- Anyone can register on the ODR. Age isn’t a barrier to being an organ or tissue donor and neither are most medical conditions. People in their 70’s and 80’s have become donors and saved many lives.
- One donor can save or transform up to nine lives and many more can be helped through the donation of tissues.
- There are currently around 10,000 people in the UK in need of an organ transplant.