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WE KNEW there were heroes in Leeds. And we are delighted to have played our part in helping them to help transplant patients.

People in Leeds are being urged to sign the NHS’s Organ Donation Register and help save a life as part of a campaign day.

This newspaper backed the Be A Hero campaign and we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed.

Thanks to the generosity of people across Leeds and beyond, more than 52,000 people signed the register in the first six months.

Now, led by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the campaign is organising Be A Hero Day on September 9 to raise awareness of the hundreds of patients who are still on the transplant list.

We spoke to a 41-year-old dad-of-three who is waiting for a kidney transplant and who knew that without one he may only have lived for four years.

He was lucky. He underwent a life-saving transplant at St James’s Hospital in Leeds just nine weeks ago, after his mum selflessly stepped forward as a donor.

Now all the members of his family are joining the campaign.

Many people in Leeds have already helped. If you haven’t signed the register yet, do it now. It will be the best thing you have done all day.

HOW TO PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT

People and businesses are being asked to pledge their support to Be A Hero Day ahead of September 9.

The campaign is hoping to gather a record number of organ donation register sign-ups in one day.

People can pledge their support and sign up online.

If the target of 250 supporters is received on the website by September 9, the figure will be released via social media on Be A Hero Day.

To support the campaign, CLICK HERE or for more information about organ donation visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk

”Without this... in four or five years, I wouldn’t have been here”: Click here to read Ben’s story

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