A Carlisle family has generously donated £2,000 to the proposed North Cumbria Organ Donor Family Memorial. The memorial will be a place where people can visit and reflect, remembering those who have saved the lives of others through organ donation.
Anne Glendinning, who is a Senior Nursing Assistant at the Cumberland Infirmary, lost her 17 year old daughter Sally to Meningitis last year. They made the decision to donate some of Sally's organs. The family set up the Sally Glendinning Meningitis Fund. (www.carlislemeningitis.com).
There are currently 73 people waiting for an organ transplant in Cumbria. Last year 48 people received a transplant in the region. only 29% of Cumbria's population is on NHS Organ Donor Register.
Consultant Anaesthetist, Colin Rodgers, is the Clinical Lead for Organ Donation. Colin said: