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Become an organ donor and save a life

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29 August 2017

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During Organ Donation Week, Enfield residents are being urged by the Council to give the greatest gift imaginable by asking them to become organ donors

- Enfield Council urges residents to register in Organ Donation Week (4-10 September)
- It takes just five minutes to save a life
- High demand for donors from black and minority ethnic groups

During Organ Donation Week, Enfield residents are being urged by the Council to give the greatest gift imaginable by asking them to become organ donors and potentially saving a seriously ill person’s life.

According to the NHS over 6,000 people are waiting for a transplant; on average, around three people die every day waiting for a suitable organ. 

The demand for donors is high, particularly from black and minority ethnic groups (BAME). For example, a patient from a BAME community will wait a year longer for a kidney transplant than a white patient on average, due to the lack of suitable organs. 

More donors from BAME are needed because:
• Some blood and gene types are more common among some ethnic groups
• Some ethnic groups are more likely to develop medical conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension, that need blood, organs or tissue donations
• People needing bone marrow, blood and tissue types needed for a successful transplant, are more likely to find a match with someone from a similar ethnic background.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “During Organ Donation Week, I want to reach out to everyone and say one simple thing: you can save a life, or even many lives, by signing up to be an organ donor.

“To black and minority ethnic residents, I really encourage you to come forward. Your support is crucial.

“We know people delay signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and that can be the difference between life and death for a person waiting for an organ transplant.

“If you want to save lives, do it now. Spend a couple of minutes registering that you want to donate your organs on the NHS Organ Donor Register. Please remember to tell your family that you want to be a donor so it’s easier for them to support your decision.

“I have signed up, so why don’t you?”

You can sign up to be an organ donor at Link and click the blue tab "Do something amazing - help save a life", or you can go to:  Link