STAFF and customers at Huddersfield firms are being urged to become lifesavers by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.
UK Transplant, the organisation campaigning for an increase in donor numbers, is appealing to the 800-strong membership of Business in the Community – which includes dozens of private and public sector organisations with operations in Huddersfield.
Member organisations, including high street retailer Boots, mobile phones firm Orange and Nationwide Building Society, have pledged to make a positive impact on society. Together, BiC members employ one in five of all private sector workers.
UK Transplant said that more than 9,000 people in the UK were in desperate need of an organ transplant to save or dramatically improve their lives.
Last year, a record 3,087 people benefited from transplants, but about 1,000 die each year before a suitable organ becomes available.
Stephen Howard, managing director of BiC, said: “We fully support this important initiative and we are working with our membership to encourage their staff and customers to find out more about organ donation and to add their name to the ODR.
“This is all about allowing people to make an informed choice about organ donation and for those who wish to, to make a pledge to make a real difference to the quality of someone’s life.”
Angie Burton, marketing and campaigns manager from UK Transplant, said: “We are delighted that Business in the Community has agreed to join us in our lifesaving drive to promote organ donation.
“There are a number of quick and easy ways for businesses to promote organ donation among employees and customers – such as providing a link from their website, including an article in their staff magazine or including an organ donation flyer in pay-slips.”
Organisations interested in promoting organ donation among employees and customers should contact the UKT campaigns office on 0117 975 7466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org