BIG-hearted Rotherham residents are being urged to help those waiting for transplants by signing up as organ donors.
Eighteen people from South Yorkshire have died due to the shortage of organs in the last year and there are currently 219 people in the county awaiting a transplant.
NHS Blood and Transplant said it was vital for more people to sign up and discuss donation of organs with their family.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and transplant, said: “Last year, 59 people living in South Yorkshire benefited from a life-saving organ transplant
thanks to families making the decision to donate when a loved one died, a decision that we know makes them incredibly proud.
“We know that families are much less likely to allow organ donation to go ahead if they don’t know it’s what their loved one wanted.
“To help more people we need everyone, even if you’re one of the 365,349 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in South Yorkshire, to tell those closest to you that you want to donate your
organs. Please have the conversation and spell it out.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/organdonationuk.