Craven college students help support organ donation week

Posted on September 5, 2018 by AireAdmin No Comments

Students at Craven College have joined forces with staff at Airedale Hospital to encourage people to join the organ donation register.

The 2nd year media students produced the film to help save lives by supporting Organ Donation Week, September 3 to 9.

The short Film shows students talking about the importance of organ donation and the benefit to others along with interviews from Dr Ella Checkley, Clinical Lead for Organ Donation, Rachel Wiseman, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation, and a very grateful kidney recipient.

The film supports the national NHS campaign which is asking people to talk to their families about organ donation to increase the number of people whose lives can be saved or transformed by an organ transplant.

Nationally, three people die every day in need of an organ, and there are 340 people in North and West Yorkshire and 115 people in Lancashire on the transplant waiting list.

Families will always be approached about donation if a loved one can donate their organs. Knowing what their loved one wanted helps families support their decision at a difficult time.

1.8m people in Yorkshire and Lancashire are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register but people also need to tell their family they want to donate.

More and more families are saying yes to organ donation but there is still an urgent shortage of donors. Airedale NHS Foundation Trust is asking people to tell their families they want to donate to help make sure more lives are saved.

Dr Ella Checkley, Consultant Anaesthetist and Organ Donation Lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“We need more people to talk about organ donation to increase the number of lifesaving transplants.

“Only one third of adults in England have told their partner or their family they want to donate, despite 8 out of 10 people telling us they would be willing to donate or would consider it.

“Sadly, many opportunities are lost every year because families don’t know if their loved one wanted to be a donor or not.

“We can change things, though we need your support to get people talking.”

Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are very grateful to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust for its support during Organ Donation Week.

“Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”

Millions of people are already on the NHS Organ Donor Register, join them today and tell your family you want to save lives. Register at

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