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:
– Colin Rodgers
"Organ donation is often treated as a taboo subject but it shouldn't be. It is a good idea to speak to your family about your wishes regarding organ donation so they would be clear about what to do if anything should happen to you.
"Three people in the UK die every day whilst waiting for a transplant so it is a situation which has to be improved upon. The staff in the wards at both Carlisle and Whitehaven are really positive and are trying to make things happen with support from Trisha Rose who is the Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation."