More people than ever before are helping to save lives by agreeing to donate their organs in the event of their death.
New figures reveal 130 people from Yorkshire and the Humber became lifesaving deceased organ donors over the last year, helping the UK reach its highest ever number .
There has been a 110 per cent increase in donors across Yorkshire during the last decade.
NHS Blood and Transplant released figures from its annual Transplant Activity Report to show that nationally, there was a record number of organ donors, with 1574 people giving the gift of life over the last year.
However the overall shortage of donors remains and there is an urgent need for more people to support donation.
Around three people die a day in need of a donated organ but many people have never told their relatives they want to save lives. Letting your family know that you want to donate will make it much easier for them to support what you want.
There are 493 people from Yorkshire and the Humber on the transplant waiting list and a donated organ is the only hope for many. In Yorkshire and the Humber, 35 per cent of the population is on the NHS Organ Donor Register, compared to a national figure of 38 per cent.
Sally Johnson, director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the families in Yorkshire and the Humber who have chosen to say ‘yes’ to organ donation.nWe know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to save lives through organ donation. We want more people to have that opportunity.”
The annual report also demonstrates how the ageing population means the average age of potential donors is increasing.
Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier. However many over 50s don’t join the NHS Organ Donor Register or tell their families they want to donate because they don't think their organs could help other people.
Sally Johnson added: “We need more people aged over 50 in Yorkshire and the Humber to support donation.
“People in older age groups can still save and transform lives through organ and tissue donation. Many more lives could be saved by telling their families they want to donate.”
Tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk