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Editor@curryrivel.org.uk received this letter from the organ donation service; timed to remind us that Christmas is not a happy time for everyone, but that everyone can play a part in making it a little bit special for someone.

Condolences to anyone suffering the loss of a loved one; please don't think this is insensitive, it is just a reminder that good can come from the darkest of places.

  • NHS Blood and Transplant is a joint England and Wales Special Health Authority. It provides the blood donation service for England and the organ donation service for the UK. It also provides donated tissues, stem cells and cord blood. It is an essential part of the NHS, saving and improving lives through public donation.
  • It is quick and easy to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk
  • Families are always involved in organ donation discussions. You can make things easier for your family by telling them you want to donate.
  • Every day across the UK someone dies waiting for an organ transplant
  • Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier to donation.
  • One donor can save or transform up to nine lives through organ donation and save and transforms even more by donating tissue.
  • From spring 2020, all adults in England are considered to have consented to be an organ donor when they die unless they had recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. Adults covered by the change will still have a choice whether they want to be an organ donor and their families will still be involved before organ donation goes ahead
  • There are free, curriculum-linked, online resources for secondary school teachers in England, to help educate Key Stage 3 and 4 students (11-16-year-olds) about organ, blood and stem cell donation. Visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/teaching-resources to find out more.

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