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'My son's organs helped more than 50 people'

Lisa Wilson's life was turned upside down when two tragedies struck her family just months apart. Her 22-year-old son, Tom, died in a freak hockey accident and just eight weeks later her husband Graham died suddenly. Tom's decision to be a registered organ donor meant in his death he saved the lives of more than 50 others. Today, a baton bearing his name leaves London bound for Newcastle for this year's World Transplant Games.

Learn more about organ and blood donation by accessing our helplines below.

NHS Choices – Blood and Organ DonationBlood DonationOrgan DonationIntroduction and information on organ donation and how it works.

NHS Blood and Transplant Donor LineOrgan Donor Line: 0300 123 23 23www.organdonation.nhs.ukBy donating your organs after you die, you will help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people. Each donor is precious as fewer than 5,000 people each year in the UK die in circumstances where they can become a donor. So if you want to make a real difference join the NHS Organ Donor Register and talk about your donation decision with family and friends. Letting them know what you've decided now makes it much easier for them to support your decision to be a donor.

NHS Cord Blood Bankwww.nhsbt.nhs.ukWe are a public cord blood bank, are part of the NHS and it is free for you to donate your cord blood to us. By donating your cord blood to us after the birth of your baby, you are making a voluntary donation that could help any patient who is in need of an unrelated cord blood transplant, in the UK or anywhere in the world. The stem cells found in cord blood restore the function of the patient’s immune and blood producing systems. It is an alternative to using bone marrow, with the advantage of being immediately available when required.

British Bone Marrow Registryhttps://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/british-bone-marrow-registry/Everyday thousands of people’s lives are transformed thanks to our amazing donors, partners, campaigners, clinical trial applicants and colleagues. We would love you to be part of our story.The British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR) is part of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). We help patients find suitable stem cell matches by recruiting potential donors from our dedicated blood donors.

Anthony NolanGeneral enquiries: 0303 303 0303www.anthonynolan.orgAnthony Nolan is the charity that makes lifesaving connections between people with blood cancer and incredible strangers ready to donate their stem cells. We’re saving lives right now. Three lives a day, in fact. By growing the stem cell register, carrying out ground-breaking research and providing the best post-transplant care, we’re giving families a future.

DKMSTel: 020 8747 5620www.dkms.org.ukWe are dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and blood disorders. Our mission is to provide a matching donor for every blood cancer patient in need of a blood stem cell donation.

HTA (Human Tissue Authority)http://www.hta.gov.uk/bodyorganandtissuedonation.cfmHuman tissue has many different uses including transplantation, teaching, medical research and display in public places such as museums. There are many different types of human tissue including: skin, body parts, organs, stem cells and bone and they have different uses. The HTA has an important role in making sure human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent.

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