The number of people donating organs has fallen for the first time in eleven years. Fewer transplants are now taking place. Tom Savvides speaks to Nicky Clifford from Maidstone who says a kidney transplant transformed her life. This report also includes interviews with Sally Johnson from NHS Blood and Transplant and Hannah Cochrane from Portsmouth who's on the waiting list for a heart transplant.
Video. A very special music festival is taking place tomorrow which will hopefully help save lives.
Hen Fest has been organised by the mother of a young woman who was hours from death before receiving a lung transplant. Several of the performers have either had organ transplants or will need one in the future.
The festival is raising money for Cystic Fibrosis and Harefield Hospital and to raise awareness about the need to sign up to the organ donor register.
In one of our special reports to mark National Transplant Week, Kerry Swain spoke to Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Jennywren Palmer, Hen Fest Organiser Gail Stuart and lung transplant recipient Kate Hennessy.
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A festival to try and get more people to sign on to the organ donor register to save lives will happen in Wimborne tomorrow, with 500 people expected to attend the Hen Fest. Kate Hennessy who has cystic fibrosis under went a lung transplant two years ago, thanks to an organ donor.
During ITV's From The Heart week to raise awareness for organ donation, record numbers of people applied to join the NHS Organ Donation Register.
On Feb 13th, when an ITV special programme on organ donation was broadcast, a record 48,000 applied online to join the register, with nearly 147,000 throughout the week.
Sally Johnson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said:
"We could not have foreseen the unprecedented numbers of people who responded to the call to join the Organ Donor Register.
"So to each and every person who is now on the Register and crucially, has told their family, thank you."
While 90% of people believe donating an organ is the right thing to do - only 30% are signed up to the organ donor register.Read the full story ›
ITV launches a new campaign, From the Heart, to raise awareness of organ donation and the NHS Organ Donor Register.Read the full story ›
Two firefighters from Portsmouth have completed a twenty day running and kayaking challenge supporting Portsmouth and Southampton hospitals to raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register. One of the men, Stuart Vince, donated his kidney to a friend.
Two firefighters from Portsmouth have completed a 20-day running and kayaking challenge raising funds for Hampshire hospitals.Read the full story ›