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One Thousand Thank Yous official opening

9.3.17

Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter will officially open our new organ donation artwork, One Thousand Thank Yous on Thursday 9th March from 1-2pm in the atrium at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH).

One Thousand Thank Yous is designed to recognise the extraordinary gifts of organ donors and their families. The gold heart shape of the artwork is made up of one thousand tags which are engraved with messages from organ recipients, organ donors and their families.

Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “I'd like to congratulate everyone in Gloucestershire who has been involved in developing this splendid donor memorial.  It is great to see a permanent local memorial to organ donors and their families. Organ donors make an extraordinary contribution and each donor can save and improve up to nine lives.  I hope that when visitors to the hospital see this eye-catching sculpture they will remember those who donated and will be inspired to follow their example.

“Organ donation is not easy. When someone is in hospital everyone hopes that they will get better and go home. Sadly some people do not recover and organ donation has to be discussed and agreed to at a time when people are very distressed. I would like to thank every family and all the clinical staff who support them for thinking of others and agreeing to donation at this incredibly difficult time.  I hope that all donor families are comforted by knowing that their relative has given such an amazing gift.”

This stunning artwork was funded by our Organ Donation Committee and a number of commercial partners to provide a permanent reminder of the power of organ and tissue donation. Gloucestershire and London-based firm George King Architects designed and built the installation. It is on permanent display at the atrium, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Chief Executive Deborah Lee said: “This fantastic artwork is a great way of recognising and thanking organ and tissue donors and their families for their extraordinary gifts. We hope long term that the visual impact of the artwork will encourage the public to join the organ donor register.”

Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation Leanne Fare, representing the Organ Donation Committee, said: “It has been such an exciting project to be involved in - from the initial interviews where we interviewed a number of talented artists to selecting the final design and now we can see the final installation in place and couldn’t be more delighted.

“It is so important to have this recognition for all those patients & families that have willingly thought of others and have given the gift of life. We hope that the personal messages from the recipients make this truly stunning design even more special.

“We’d like to thank all our very generous sponsors, the designers for their vision and all the contributors who have helped make this artwork become a reality.”

For more information please contact:  Kate Jeal, Communications 0300 422 3563 comms@glos.nhs.uk


The local figures:
out of a county population of 620,000, we have over 41% of the population signed up to the Organ Donor Register (ODR); impressive when it’s compared to an average in other counties of 30%. In some areas of the county this rises to over 60%.

However, there is still more work to do - in 2016/17 85 transplants for county residents took place but in the same year, six people died while waiting for a transplant in the county. As at 1 March 2017, there are 91 people in the county on the transplant list waiting for an organ to become available.

Notes to editors: the Organ Donation Committee was established in 2010 with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of organ donation and to increase the number of organs being donated at our hospitals by providing better support to potential donors and their families. The committee is made up of clinical staff from across our hospitals, non-clinical staff, volunteers and donor family representatives.

You can join the Organ Donor Register in a number of ways:

Visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Call: 0300 123 23 23

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