Organ Donation Week: Harmonies of Hope children's choir spreads organ donation message in Hertfordshire
NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in Hertfordshire to talk to their families about organ donation.
This Organ Donation Week (September 20-26), more than 7,000 people, including 200 children, are predicted to be in need of an organ transplant, including 71 in Herts on the waiting list.
Their plight is being highlighted with the release of a new song from the Harmonies of Hope children's choir called Invisible.
Last year, the lives of 47 people in Hertfordshire were saved by a transplant after someone died and donated their organs. It is hoped the choir's song will inspire people to talk about organ donation and for all members of the family, whatever their age, to help make sure more lives are saved.
Anthony Clarkson, director of organ and tissue donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "Every day across the UK there are thousands of patients and their families waiting for that all-important life-saving call. Yet this is often only possible as a result of another family receiving some of the hardest news they might ever have to hear.
"Even though the law around organ donation has changed to an opt-out system for adults in England, Scotland and Wales, it's important that people are aware that families will still always be consulted before organ donation goes ahead.
"It's just as important as ever to make your organ donation decision known to your family and friends and leave them certain of what you what to happen in the event of your death.
"We urge all family members of all ages in Hertfordshire to take a moment this Organ Donation Week to talk and share your decision."
For more information or to register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. NHS app users can also use the service to record, check or update their organ donation decision.