Call for people to sign up as organ donors

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While people in Lincolnshire look forward to Christmas, 71 patients in the county on the transplant waiting list are hoping they will soon get the gift of an organ.

This December, NHS Blood and Transplant is running the Christmas List campaign, to draw attention to the thousands of people waiting for a transplant across the UK and encourage everyone to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Sadly, not all of those waiting will get the transplant they need. New figures show 33 patients in Lincolnshire have died while on the transplant waiting list during the past five years, and their families will be facing Christmas without them.

Others more fortunate will be able to celebrate Christmas looking ahead to a brighter future - 61 patients in Lincolnshire have received a transplant this year thanks to families agreeing to donate a loved one’s organs.

Through its Christmas List campaign, NHS Blood and Transplant is highlighting the stories of patients waiting for a transplant and those who have received them, donor families and nurses who support families when they donate a loved one’s organs.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or text SAVE to 62323. Once signed up tell those closest to you that you want to donate.