Dozen Bucks or­gan donors help UK reach record fig­ures for life­savers

Over the past decade there has been a 71% in­crease in county

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More and more fam­i­lies in the area are supporting do­na­tion. There has been a 71% in­crease in donors in Buck­ing­hamshire over the past decade.

NHS Blood and Trans­plant re­leased the fig­ures to mark the pub­li­ca­tion of its an­nual Trans­plant Ac­tiv­ity Re­port on Mon­day July 9.

The re­port reveals there is grow­ing sup­port for or­gan do­na­tion in Buck­ing­hamshire and around the coun­try.

Na­tion­ally there was a record num­ber of or­gan donors, with 1,574 peo­ple sav­ing lives through de­ceased or­gan do­na­tion over the past year.

How­ever, the over­all shortage of donors re­mains and there is an ur­gent need for more peo­ple to sup­port do­na­tion.

Around three peo­ple die a day in need of a do­nated or­gan but many peo­ple have never told their rela- tives they want to save lives. Let­ting your fam­ily know that you want to do­nate will make it much eas­ier for them to sup­port what you want.

There are still 67 peo­ple from Buck­ing­hamshire on the trans­plant wait­ing list and a do­nated or­gan is the last and only hope for many peo­ple on the list.

Sally John­son, di­rec­tor of or­gan do­na­tion and trans­plan­ta­tion for NHS Blood and Trans­plant, said: “We’re in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to all the fam­i­lies in Buck­ing­hamshire who have cho­sen to say ‘yes’ to or­gan do­na­tion.

“Or­gan do­na­tion is the only hope for many des­per­ately ill peo­ple. We know many fam­i­lies feel a sense of pride and com­fort from their de­ci­sion to save lives through or­gan do­na­tion. We want more peo­ple to have that op­por­tu­nity.”

She added: “We need more peo­ple aged over 50 in Buck­ing­hamshire to sup­port do­na­tion.

“Peo­ple in older age groups can still save and trans­form lives through or­gan and tis­sue dona- tion. Many more lives could be saved by telling their fam­i­lies they want to do­nate.”

The an­nual re­port also demon­strates how the age­ing pop­u­la­tion means the av­er­age age of po­ten­tial donors is in­creas­ing.

The av­er­age age of donors in Buck­ing­hamshire dur­ing 2017 was 55.

Any­one can join the reg­is­ter and age and med­i­cal con­di­tions are not nec­es­sar­ily a bar­rier.

How­ever, many over 50s do not join the reg­is­ter or tell their fam­i­lies they want to do­nate be­cause they do not think their or- gans could help other peo­ple.

Tell your fam­ily you want to save lives through or­gan do­na­tion and join the reg­is­ter at www.or­gan­do­na­tion.nhs.uk.

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