Leeds United to host activities to help support Organ Donation Week.
Leeds United will help to celebrate and raise awareness of Organ Donation Week and the importance of discussing organ donation with loved ones through a number of activities over the next few days.
Organ Donation Week (2nd to 8th September), which is heavily supported by Yorkshire’s dedicated organ donation campaign 'Be A Hero', aims to celebrate those who are currently registered as organ donors whilst also encouraging those who are not, to do just that and potentially help save someone’s life.
The number of people in Yorkshire on the NHS Organ Donor Register has increased by over 17,550 in the last year, and there are currently 287,396 people in Leeds who have formally registered their decision regarding organ donation.
However, the amount of people waiting for an organ transplant has also increased, with a 2% increase across the region since 2017/18.
In West Yorkshire alone there are currently 259 people waiting for a transplant, of which 28% will be treated in Leeds. Over the last year, 63 patients from Leeds have had a transplant and this is a 34% increase from the previous year.
The Be A Hero campaign is run by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) and highlights that having the #DonationConversation is a vital part of the process to register your decision about being an organ donor.
#DonationConversation encourages people to talk about organ donation with their nearest and dearest before going on to register their decision. This is a vital part of the process as it is the families that are given the final decision when faced with bereavement to a loved one.
By sharing your decision with your family, you can ensure that your choices are honoured, if anything were to happen.
Leeds United Ladies will be wearing Be A Hero campaign t-shirts during their warm-ups in their Yorkshire derby fixture on Wednesday evening. They will face Bradford City at Mitton Group Stadium, 7.45pm kick-off - please go along to show your support.
To find out more about organ donation, please visit www.leedsth.nhs.uk/beahero.
You can also sign up to the donor register by calling 0300 123 23 23.