National Transplant Week 2015

Gloucester Rugby Club is supporting our campaign to promote organ donation in the county. 

National Transplant Week takes place from 7th-13th September 2015 and we are raising awareness about the benefits of Organ Donation in Gloucestershire.

In the upcoming season, Gloucester Rugby will be host a home game in support of organ donation (although the date is yet to be confirmed).

The first team squad recently listened to a presentation at their training ground from our Organ Donation Committee including donors and recipients.Gloucester Rugby’s spokesman Duncan Wood said:“Organ donation is obviously not an easy subject to talk about as it’s a very emotive topic. However, we’d encourage anyone to sign up as an organ donor, and to make their relations aware of their wishes.

It could be a life-changing decision. ”Organ Donation Nurses Kate Hurley and Leanne Fare have teamed up with Gloucester Rugby to reach a new audience. The national NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation campaign this year will be focusing on encouraging individuals to discuss their decision about organ donation with those closest to them as Kate explains: “Our aim is to get people talking about their decisions about organ donation.  It is incredible to think that 90% of people say they would accept an organ if they needed one, but we know that just 45% of families agree to organ donation if they are unaware of their loved ones decision to be an organ donor.  If you share your decision to be an organ donor, consent rates rise to over 90 % so we want Gloucester Rugby supporters to sign up and to let their friends and family know.

”In our region, there are around 118 people waiting for transplants (as of 29th July 2015).

In Gloucestershire there are currently 342,599 on the Organ Donation Register which is estimated to be around half the population of the county. This is a huge achievement but we are hoping to encourage those who are not on the Register to sign up too.Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at Gloucestershire Hospitals Mark Haslam, said:"One donor can save the lives of several people, restore the sight of two others and improve the quality of life for many more.

"The more people who pledge to donate their organs and tissue after their death, the more people stand to benefit. Organ donation is the greatest gift one person can give to another."