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Have a 'Heart to Heart' for National Transplant Week

This week Jane Monks and Paula Watson, our Organ Donor Co-ordinators, will be working hard across our hospitals to encourage people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register. They will be on hand to explain the importance of donation and the work they do, offering people leaflets and ballons to help spread the word. They will also be encouraging people to hold a 'Heart to Heart' discussion with their families about organ donation. For this year’s National Transplant Week, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is asking people across the UK to take the time to have a ‘Heart to Heart’ discussion with their loved ones over a meal. NHSBT is working with celebrity chef, and kidney transplant recipient, Lawrence Keogh who has produced three exclusive recipes for a Heart to Heart meal pack available to download for free from today. With three people dying every day whilst waiting for organs, NHSBT is calling on people to discuss the issues around organ donation and sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register. Themed as Heart to Heart, National Transplant Week which runs between 4th and 10th July, gives the UK public a chance to sit with their friends and family to get talking about issues and conversations which can get put off in day-to-day life. The Heart to Heart Week downloadable meal pack encourages friends and family to take time out and get talking together, having those conversations you put off, including discussing organ donation over a tasty meal. The pack includes recipes devised by famous chef Lawrence Keogh who had a kidney transplant in 2000, myths and facts about organ donation to encourage debate, and scorecards so participants can judge the evening. For more information, and to download a pack visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk/transplantweek Register now at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23