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Run for organ register

Two firefighters from Portsmouth have completed a 20-day running and kayaking challenge raising funds for Hampshire hospitals.

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Music festival to help encourage donors and save lives

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.

To find out more about Hen Fest, please click here.

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147,000 join Organ Donor Register after ITV campaign

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.

You can sign up to the Organ Donor Register here.

An NHS organ donor card Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

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."

From the Heart: Jeffrey's story

We are launching an exciting new campaign to help save thousands of lives and we want your help. Every day 3 people will die waiting for a transplant, due to the desperate shortage of donor organs.

There are currently ten thousand people waiting for a transplant, and none of them know whether they will get the call in time - life is a lottery on the transplant list and we want to try and change it. So, all this week we'll be looking at the issue and speaking to people like Jeffrey.

Jeffrey was badly ill with kidney disease 3 years ago. He tells Sangeeta that having a transplant changed his life.

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