Duncan encouraged his constituents in Wiltshire to ‘pass on’ their donation wishes to loved ones, marking the annual UK-wide National Transplant Week.
National Transplant Week aims to increase understanding of organ donation and encourage more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Three people die every day whilst they wait for organs in the UK and just 30% of the UK population is currently signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Despite the thousands of life-saving transplant operations which take place every year, some 7,500 people are on the waiting list for a transplant in the UK.
“I am delighted to be supporting National Transplant Week 2012, there are already 34,888 people on the Organ Donor Register in the Chippenham Constituency and I hope the week encourages more constituents to become donors and ‘pass it on’ to loved ones.”
Sally Johnson, the NHS’s Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation, added:
“We hope that this year’s National Transplant Week will encourage sign up to the ODR, and encourage donors to talk to their family and friends about their donation wishes.”
If you join the ODR tell the people closest to you. Otherwise, your wishes may come as a surprise at a time when they are trying to deal with their loss. This could affect their decision to proceed with a life-saving donation. To add your name to the ODR please call 0300 123 2323, text JOIN 84880 or visit the NHS’s organ donation website.