You could save lives, says charity
BRISTOL mayor George Ferguson has helped launch a national charity based in the city to persuade people to sign the organ donor register.
The Legacy Register was founded by Merel Cottey and her childhood friend Catrin Thomas, whose father, David, is on the waiting list for a lung transplant.
Ms Thomas, of Redland, said: "Almost everyone – 95 per cent of us – believe organ donation is a good idea and support it in theory but fewer than 30 per cent actually get round to signing the donor register.
"This means there's a critical shortage of organs for transplant and three people die every day on the waiting list.
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"It's a tragedy because it doesn't need to happen.
"The Legacy Register is based in Bristol but we'll be spreading the message nationwide: sign the donor register now – today."
The charity was launched with an auction and dinner at the Elmgrove Centre in Redland, which raised more than £7,000.
Among the 200 guests and supporters was Mr Ferguson, who said: "We can be very proud that such a worthwhile cause will have its roots in the city. The work of the Legacy Register will reach people across the country and hopefully lives will be saved."
For more details visit the website www.legacyregister.org