Words save lives – share your donation decision

A new roadshow has launched to get Greenwich talking about organ donation.

Royal Greenwich has teamed up with Charlton Athletic Community Trust to support the NHS’s ‘Words save lives’ campaign which urges people to join the organ donor register and all importantly, share that decision with family and friends.

If you’ve signed up to the organ donor register already, make sure to share your decision with your loved ones, as even if you have registered it will be your family who has the final say.

Councillor Gardner (left) and Laura Manners (right) support the campaign in General Gordon Square

Local woman, Laura Manners, knows first-hand the difference that this can make. She received a kidney transplant exactly nine years ago and she helped kick off the roadshow in General Gordon Square in Woolwich today (8 January) to show her support.

Laura Manners said: “It’s so easy for people to forget or not speak to their loved ones about their decision to donate and those organs are unintentionally wasted so I think it’s so important that we change the system from opt in to opt out.”

Councillor David Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “Around three people die every day in the UK while waiting for an organ transplant. I hope our organ motion roadshow encourages more residents to sign the organ donor register as well as encouraging those that have already signed to share their wishes with their families.

“As only 1 in 100 people die in circumstances where their organs can be considered for transplantation, every potential donor is vitally important – but signing up as an organ donor isn’t the end of the story.”

An information stand will offer support and advice and the Trust’s friendly staff will be on hand giving out information leaflets to bust some of the myths that remain around organ donation.

The organ donation roadshow will be visiting the following places in the next few weeks:

15 January – Eltham Centre, 1-3.30pm
29 January – Tesco Woolwich, 10am-12pm
29 January – Greenwich Centre, 1-3.30pm

Not sure if you’ve already registered? You can check your donation status, sign up to become a donor (it takes just two minutes!) and more, by visiting www.organdonation.nhs.uk.