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Organ donations rise by 50%

The number of people donating organs after death has risen by 50 per cent in the last five years, beating the target set by the NHS in 2008. Over the last year more than 1,200 people donated organs, helping to save 3,100 lives.

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How can you register to become an organ donor?

Up to 1,000 people die every year due to a shortage of organs for transplant, NHS blood and transplant said.

To register to become a donor, visit the NHS website.

A general view of a donor card Credit: Clive Gee/PA Archive

You can also join when registering for a driving licence or car tax, applying for a Boots Advantage card, registering with a GP or registering for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

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