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Family donate £2,000 to organ donation fund

Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2012
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L-R Sue Rogers (committe member of the Sally Glendinning Meningitis Fund), Laura Glendinning, Colin Rodgers (Clinical Lead for Organ Donation), Geoff Sonley (Chair of Organ Donation Committee), Trisha Rose (Donor Transplant Coordinator) & Anne Glendinning

A Carlisle family has generously donated £2,000 to the proposed North Cumbria Organ Donor Family Memorial.

The memorial will be a place where people can visit and reflect, remembering those who have saved the lives of others through organ donation. It is hoped a memorial will be set up at both the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven. The exact locations of the memorials are yet to be decided and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust will be asking donor families for their input and suggestions.

Anne Glendinning, who is a Senior Nursing Assistant at the Cumberland Infirmary, and her family decided to raise money for organ donation after they tragically lost their 17 year-old daughter, Sally, in January 2011 to meningitis and made the decision to donate some of Sally’s organs. The family set up the Sally Glendinning Meningitis Fund (www.carlislemeningitis.com) and hold various events and activities to raise money for the fund. They then decided to also raise money for the North Cumbria Organ Donor Family Memorial fund and have held a quiz night, a car boot sale and a charity auction night with the help of their friends to raise the £2,000.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has seen an increase in organ donations over the past year, with six being carried out in 2011, compared to four in 2010 and three in 2009.

Two years ago, the Trust set out to meet the government’s target of a 50% increase in organ donations over five years and a 100% referral rate for potential donors. Prior to 2006, the Trust had one or two donations a year but now the number has tripled thanks to the enthusiasm of staff at both the Cumberland Infirmary and West Cumberland Hospital and the incredible generosity of donors and their families who have given the ‘gift of life.’ The Trust has also achieved the 100% referral rate target.

There are currently 73 people waiting for an organ transplant in Cumbria. Last year (2011/12), 48 people received a transplant in the region. 144,796 people in Cumbria have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register which represents around 29% of the region’s population.

Consultant Anaesthetist, Colin Rodgers, is the Clinical Lead for Organ Donation. Colin said: “Organ donation is often treated as a taboo subject but it shouldn’t be. It is a good idea to speak to your family about your wishes regarding organ donation so they would be clear about what to do if anything should happen to you.

“Three people in the UK die every day whilst waiting for a transplant so it is a situation which has to be improved upon. The staff in the wards at both Carlisle and Whitehaven are really positive and are trying to make things happen with support from Trisha Rose who is the Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation.”

For more information, go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk

To register for organ donation, phone 0300 123 23 23