50 people in Rotherham are currently in need of a life-saving organ or tissue donation. To help raise awareness of this important cause and to say thanks to all the families of the people who have donated their organs at the hospital, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust unveiled a new memorial which has been designed and crafted by a local student.
The Trust ran a competition with Thomas Rotherham College’s art department to design the memorial, to get people thinking about organ donation and to raise awareness across Rotherham making organ donation ‘the usual and not the unusual’.
The winner Charlotte Cash, beat off stiff competition from eight of her peers and has been working with professional wood sculptor Clinton Challoner to create her piece based on the ‘lotus flower of life’ that will also form part of her A-Level college course work.
The event to unveil the wood sculpture at Rotherham Hospital was attended by donor’s families and recipients as well as senior clinicians and staff at the Trust. The Mayor of Rotherham and members of the public also attended the event.
The Rotherham Hospital Charity funded the new memorial to recognise and say thank you to all the people who have donated their organs at the hospital and their families.
Charity Development Officer Tracy Williams says: “This is a really important message to promote and we thought it was important that we were able to help celebrate and say a big thank you to all those who have chosen to donate tissue or organs to help to prolong or improve the quality of life for someone else.
“We wanted to help spread the message about the importance of Organ Donation but this memorial will also help people to see the benefits of the Rotherham Hospital Charity, which helps countless projects to improve the care and experience for people in Rotherham.”