Around 75 people have signed the NHS Organ Donor Register at an event in support of the YEP-backed Be A Hero campaign.
Hundreds more took away leaflets explaining the thought behind the campaign run by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTH) at a pop-up stall at Wakefield’s Trinity Walk shopping centre today.
Be A Hero’s mascot joined nurses and families affected by organ donation in inspiring shoppers to learn more, while giving them the chance to sign the register using iPads.
Just 114 Yorkshire families donated organs last year, while around 800 desperately ill people in the county are waiting for lifesaving transplants.
Dr Simon Flood, organ donation lead at LTH, said signing the register will “ensure that many more lives can be saved in our communities”.
We’re urging residents to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register and become a hero.
To raise the profile of Be A Hero we’re also urging workplaces and communities to support the campaign through anything from putting up a Be A Hero poster to hosting a superhero day. You can even download a #BeAHero mask from leedsth.nhs.uk/be-a-hero and tweet your superhero selfies to @Leedsnews and @LTHTrust using the hashtag #BeAHero.
Supporters can also send #BeAHero messages of support to facebook.com/yep.newspaper or send their tales of organ donation via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.