Katie Piper, Beth Tweddle, David Harewood, Wil Johnson and Ruth Langsford urge people to spell out their organ donation decision
Just 45% of families agree to organ donation going ahead if they
are unaware of their loved one's decision to be a donor but this
figure rises to 95% when they know the decision; new figures on
Tuesday showed. To mark the start of this year's National
Transplant Week (July 7-13), NHS Blood and Transplant has
enlisted the support of well-known faces to highlight the
importance of telling family and friends your donation
Katie Piper, Beth Tweddle, David Harewood, Ruth Langsford and
Wil Johnson all appear in images that spell out their donation
wishes to loves ones and urge the public to do the same. The aim of
this year's campaign is to get people to spell out their donation
decision to increase awareness that families will be asked to agree
to organ donation and to encourage more people to join the NHS
Organ Donor Register. Also pledging their support to the campaign
are Dr Hilary Jones and Dr Ellie Cannon.
TV personality Katie Piper commented; "Letting your loved ones
know you want to be an organ donor is so important. My cornea came
from an organ donor and if he had not told his friends and family
he wanted to be a donor, they might not have allowed donation to go
ahead; meaning my life would be very different today.
"It is devastating for families when someone they love dies
so it's not fair to expect them to have to make the decision for
you. If you talk openly to your family about your decision to
donate your organs it could save them a great deal of stress when
On average 3 people a day die in need of an organ transplant in
the UK because there aren't enough organs available. More lives
could potentially be saved if more families agreed to donate their
loved ones organs after death. Despite the thousands of life-saving
transplant operations which take place every year, around 10,000
people are currently in need of a lifesaving organ transplant.
Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant's Director of Organ
Donation and Transplantation, added:
"We know that families are much less likely to allow organ
donation to go ahead if they don't know if it's what their loved
one wanted. So have the conversation and spell it out.
"Tell those closest to you that you want to donate your organs
after you die to help some of the 10,000 people in the UK currently
in need of a life changing organ transplant."
For further information about National Transplant Week and to
register your organ donation decision go to www.transplantweek.co.uk.
Follow NHS Blood and Transplant on twitter @NHSOrganDonor and
support us on Facebook www.facebook.com/organdonationuk and remember to #spellitout.