Albion team join campaign
PLYMOUTH Albion Rugby Club joined forces with Torbay and Derriford Hospitals to promote the organ donation campaign, iLIVEiGIVE.
Both the men and the ladies teams donned campaign t-shirts before their home games last Saturday. The aim is to raise awareness and encourage people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital, originated the campaign. It is now spreading to other NHS Trusts in the South West, including Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Derriford Hospital.
Maree Wright, clinical lead for organ donation at Torbay Hospital, said: "Sincere thanks to Plymouth Albion players, staff and supporters for inviting us and helping us raise the profile of organ donation.
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James Harrison, specialist nurse in organ donation with NHS Blood and Transport based at Derriford Hospital, added: "Knowing people's prior wishes can save several lives and makes the donation more likely to occur. On average, three people a day die whilst waiting for a transplant."
Vee Thompson, Albion ladies spokesperson said: "Hopefully Albion supporters will now make their wishes known to loved ones."
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