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Plea for more organ donors - 'families need to talk'

Her son's organs were used to save lives after he was killed in a road crash - now she's making an impassioned plea for more people to sign the transplant register.

Ali Reynolds, from Bexhill, is backing the national Organ Donation Week which started today.

Statistics show that in the last ten years 675 people in the South East have died while waiting for a transplant.

80% of us support organ donation but fewer than half have ever talked about it.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Ali as well as specialist nurse James Broughton.


Parents back donor campaign after son's death gives new life to three strangers

23 year old James suffered fatal injures in a car crash Credit: Ballantyne family

A family from Berkshire who donated their son's organs when he was killed in a car crash, is backing a campaign to encourage more people to register.

Catherine Hill and Warren Ballantyne now know that their son James' organs went on to save the lives of three people after his death last year.

Kate Bunkall reports.

The Ballantyne family have set up a memorial fund in James' honour.

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Organ donor numbers fall

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.

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.

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."

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