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MP encourages Blood and Organ Donation
Thursday 30th May, 2013

The Organ donation register records the wishes of over 18million Brits who have registered to donate organs and/or tissue after death for transplantation.

Figures released by the NHS Blood & Transfusion Service show that 25% of Makerfield constituents are on the Organ Donor Register, including the Makerfield MP and 16 people currently await an organ transplant at 3rd January 2013.

Ahead of National Transplant Week (8th-14th July), Yvonne is encouraging constituents to join the Register and to also give Blood for the benefit of others.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said:
“It is a sad fact that on average 1,000 people die every year waiting for a transplant. Blood and Organ donations help save seriously ill patients. Everyone knows blood is literally a lifesaver for those who've been in an accident or need it to help survive treatments and operations.”

“Blood is something we all expect to be there for us when we need it, yet only 4% of us give blood. Many people would not be alive today if it wasn't for the generosity of donors.

“In recent years the demand for blood has fallen, but the demand over the next decade is expected to increase, as a result of an ageing population. Attracting younger blood donors to secure supply for the future is important and I want to encourage younger donors to come forward and do something amazing for the benefit of others by donating blood.”

Winstanley Ward Councillor, Paul Kenny knows only too well the benefits of the Organ Donor Register. Cllr Kenny’s Father received a Kidney in 2012 and recently marked the 1st anniversary of the transplant after many years of regular kidney dialysis following the onset of kidney failure in the late 1990s.

Cllr Kenny said:
“A recent survey showed that 96% of us believe in donating organs yet locally only 25% are on the Register. Organ donation can transform the lives of patients and it is very easy to register online.”

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