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‘Operation Donation’ hits Sheffield’s Meadowhall Shopping Centre to create a ‘buzz’ in support of organ donation

09 Mar 2016 14:31:28

Do you know how many people die waiting for an organ transplant every day in the UK? Or how many people on the NHS Organ Donor Register have also told their family they want to be a donor?  

Across the UK there is a shortage of organ donors which means on average 3 people a day die in need of a transplant. 

In a bid to try and increase awareness of organ donation, NHS Blood and Transplant has teamed up with board game company Hasbro to create a life size version of the much loved children’s game Operation™. 

Shoppers will be invited to see how much they know about the various organs in the body and learn how important it is to talk about organ donation. 

Joanne Cheetham Specialist Nurse in Organ Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant and member of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Organ Donation Committee said; “In South Yorkshire, 7 residents have died due to the shortage of organs in the last year and there are currently 206 people in South Yorkshire waiting for a transplant.  

"One organ donor can save or transform up to nine lives and I would encourage everybody to consider becoming an organ donor and ensure that their family are aware of their decision.”  

Members of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust’s Organ Donation Committee will be at Meadowhall this Saturday challenging people to have a go at removing organs from ‘Cavity Sam’ and matching them up with some facts and figures about organ donation. Like the popular game, players have two minutes to complete the task, but if they buzz they will have to start again.  

Over the next three weekends, Cavity Sam will be visiting a number of shopping centres in the North and Midlands, as part of trials to increase organ donation awareness among groups currently under-represented on the NHS Organ Donor Register, these include people from Black and Asian Minority ethnic communities and the over-50s. 

Almost 46,160 people in Rotherham have signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register – showing their intentions to be a donor after their death, however there are currently 17 people in the area waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. 

Joining the NHS Organ Donor Register really is a simple process – it takes two minutes. Visit or call 0300 123 23 23.  Let your friends and family know when you have signed the Organ Donor Register and join the conversation online by using the hash tag #timetosign