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Manchester WI members start talking about local organ donation

WI members from across Manchester are joining forces with Manchester City Council and NHS Blood and Transplant today (Wednesday 25 May 2016) to launch a dedicated campaign to increase the number of registered organ donors in Greater Manchester.

Across the UK there is a shortage of organ donors and three people die every day in need of a transplant.  Over 500 people in Greater Manchester are currently waiting for a transplant. The special WI meeting is being held to highlight that the area is lagging behind in terms of those on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Only 1 in 4 residents in Greater Manchester are on the organ donation register (compared to a national average of 1 in 3).

In 2014 WI members voted with a 98% majority to pass a motion calling on every member of the WI to make their organ donation wishes known to their friends, family, and local community. This was the WI’s fourth resolution aimed at increasing rates of organ donation and transplants, and following that 2014 vote, members embarked on a ‘time to talk about organ donation’ campaign and signed-up over 1,000 people to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

This campaign brings together over 5,000 WI members in the region, with local Government decision-makers and public health officials, to start a regional conversation about the importance of sharing your wishes about organ donation and signing-up to the ODR.

Marylyn Haines Evans, NFWI Public Affairs Chair, said:

“This event marks a vital step towards increasing organ donation in Greater Manchester. WI members have been encouraging everyone to share their views on organ donation with their nearest and dearest since 2014, and we’re now targeting areas that lag behind the national average to ensure that as many people as possible are having a conversation about their wishes.  It’s so positive to meet with such enthusiastic WI members who are dedicated to working alongside Manchester City Council and NHSBT to make a real difference in Manchester and increase organ donation registrations.

“Many people do not want to think about organ donation but with so many people waiting for life-saving organs, it’s vital that we all let our loved ones know what we want to happen if the worst happens; taking the time to talk about organ donation could save someone’s life.”

Sarah Royall, Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said:

"Organ donation saves and transforms lives, and we are hugely grateful to the WI for helping us encourage more people to discuss organ donation. We need more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, but also to make sure their family know about their decision.”

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For further information, please contact Charlotte Fiander, Head of Communications, on c.fiander@nfwi.org.uk / 020 7371 9300 ex. 209 / 07803 086115