Sign up as a blood and organ donor and give the precious gift of life – that’s the message of the Church in Wales as it joins an NHS campaign to boost donor numbers in Wales.
The Church is the latest associate of the fleshandblood campaign which is calling on people to see blood and organ donation as an act of Christian generosity. It wants as many as possible to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register, book a date to give blood and talk about their wishes about donating organs with their families.
Being a donor was love in action, said the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan.
He said, “As Christians we believe that offering our organs and our blood to save lives is love in action and part of what it means to love our neighbours. So donating our organs as a gift goes to the heart of what it is to be a disciple of Jesus. That is why I carry a donor card and strongly urge as many people as possible to register online. We hope the fleshandblood campaign will help make the difference between life and death to those so desperately waiting for transplants.”
Every day 400 units of blood are needed in Wales to meet hospital demand, with approximately 12,000 extra blood donors needed each year to maintain consistency. More than 1,000 people die each year in the UK waiting for an organ transplant. The Church, which has a long history of giving and generosity, is ideally placed to raise awareness and help to meet the need for blood and organ donation in Wales.
This unique campaign seeks to equip individuals and churches as advocates for blood and organ donation enabling them to raise awareness of this key issue with their family, friends and community and potentially help to save thousands of lives each year.
Dr Geoff Poole, Director at the Welsh Blood Service, said, “All major faith groups support donation in the spirit of giving and we’re excited to explore this in more detail by working with the Christian Church. By raising awareness amongst its members and community about the daily need for blood transfusions and organ transplants across the NHS, we hope to banish myths, educate people and encourage blood and organ donation. Donating blood is a unique gift and one that can truly save lives.”