Slough has one of the UK's lowest number of organ donors

NHS Organ Donation Register card

NHS Organ Donation Register card

"I really hope more people support and really consider donation because a transplant is my only option now and donation can save so many lives".

But 34 people died while on the transplant waiting list previous year.

It said the ageing population, and improvements in trauma care and public safety, are likely to be contributing to the rise in the lung transplant waiting list, by changing the profile of donors.

Two identical sculptures were installed by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust at their hospitals in Basingstoke and Winchester ahead of this week's Organ Donation Week, which runs until Sunday.

Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: "It's tragic that so many people from West Sussex have died waiting for a transplant - what is shocking is that many of those lives could have been saved, had more families agreed to donate organs".

Tonight Leeds City Council will light up the Town Hall and Civic Hall in pink to support Organ Donation Week.

Research undertaken by the organisation shows people from ethnic minorities are less likely to talk about donation, while some religious people may have concerns surrounding burial practices.

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"We don't want people to die because of a fatal complacency that because you know you want to be an organ donor you presume your loved ones know it too". Don't leave your family guessing what you would have wanted to happen.

"This is why it is important to talk about your decision with your family and loved ones, stimulating conversation and debate within their families about organ donation so they know your wishes".

"We know that many families feel enormous pride and comfort at knowing that their relative went on to save lives through the gift of organ donation".

Only about one in three people in Harborough have signed up to the organ donation register, it has been revealed.

However, consent still has to be sought from a prospective donor's family after they have died, even if they have opted in.

A day of awareness-raising events will be held to urge people to save lives by joining the organ donor register.

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