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Carlisle Cathedral backs National Transplant Week

A hug red ribbon has been tied around Carlisle Cathedral to mark national transplant week.

On average three people every day die in the UK because of a shortage of organs.

This year's partnership between the NHS and churches around the country is designed to encourage more people to sign the organ donation register. Kim Inglis has more.

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200 metre ribbon wrapped around Carlisle Cathedral

It's hoped the bow will encourage more people to talk about organ donation Credit: fleshandblood campaign/Stuart Walker

A giant bow has been hung around Carlisle Cathedral to celebrate organ donation.

It marks the start of national transplant week.

The ribbon measures 200 metres long and is 2.5 metres high and took four hours to install by a team of seven people.

Organisers are hoping the event will encourage people to come forward and join the register.

Transplant figures for Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders

Organs being transferred to a hospital Credit: PA

Cumbria:

There are 66 people in Cumbria currently waiting for a transplant, and 24 people in the county have died due to the shortage of organs over the last four years.

In the same time period 120 people in Cumbria benefitted from life-saving transplants and there are 152,978 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Cumbria.

Dumfries and Galloway:

There are 31 people in Dumfries and Galloway waiting for a transplant and several people in the county have died due to the shortage of organs over the last four years.

Over the past four years, 42 people in Dumfries and Galloway have benefitted from life-saving transplants and there are currently 53,043 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in Dumfries and Galloway.

Scottish Borders:

There are 13 people in the Scottish Borders waiting for a transplant and six people from the county have died due to the shortage of organs over the last four years.

Over the past four years 43 people in the Scottish borders have benefitted from life-saving transplants and there are 49,482 people residing in the County of Scottish Borders postcode area on the UK Organ Donor Register.

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Transplant Week- 'Pass it On' message

A specialist organ donation nurse working at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has helped double the amount of patients and families consenting to give the precious gift of life through organ donation.

As part of National Transplant Week 2013, Tracey Carrott is sharing the ‘Pass It On’ message to encourage people to pass on their donation wishes to their loved ones, stressing the importance of having a conversation.

Although there are over 700,000 people on the NHS Organ Donor Register in the North East, less than half of families agree to donation when their loved ones donation wishes aren’t known. So far this year, only 32 people living in the North East have benefited from a life-saving transplant.

“To donate an organ or tissue is a truly remarkable gift and helps the NHS to save hundreds of lives every single year. Being able to work in this dedicated role and having the time to spend with families has undoubtedly helped increase our donation numbers at Northumbria Healthcare."

– Tracey Carrott, nurse