Cricket legend and Yorkshire celebrity Dickie Bird OBE has stepped up as the latest big name to encourage people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
The 82-year-old retired player and umpire, who is the current president of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, wants more people in his home county to get behind the Be A Hero campaign and sign the register.
Bird has joined a plethora of high profile supporters including fellow cricket celebrities Geoffrey Boycott OBE and England star Joe Root as well as actors Sir Patrick Stewart and Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter.
His support for the campaign was inspired by a recent visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital where the plight of sick children reduced the former sportsman to tears.
“I broke down,” he said.
“It showed me that we need to do all we can to collectively do something about it.
“I hope that there are a lot of people who will support this - it’s a deserved cause and it should be appreciated and supported.
“We’ve got to do something about it in Yorkshire because people might otherwise be slow coming forward.”
The Leeds Transplant Centre at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been providing complex specialist organ transplantation services for the Yorkshire and Humber region for over 25 years.
It is the third largest liver transplant unit in the UK, a leading centre for ‘live related’ transplants and a regional centre for renal transplants.
Visit leedsth.nhs.uk/be-a-hero or call 0300 1232323 for information - please remember to reference the Yorkshire Be A Hero campaign.