Seven Braehead Clan ice hockey players have united to highlight how the seven words ‘I want to be an organ donor’ could save up to seven lives.
The professional ice hockey team backed the Organ Donation Scotland campaign ahead of street teams hitting Soar at Intu Braehead (formerly Xscape) this Saturday (22 March 2014).
As each of the players signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, they urged shoppers to get behind the drive and help the 600 people in Scotland waiting on a life-saving transplant.
Staff will be on hand throughout Saturday, urging visitors to chat to their loved ones about their organ donation wishes, and join the NHS Organ Donor Register.
People who speak with the teams will be offered a tea or coffee to encourage them to sit and have a chat with their loved ones over a cuppa.
Scotland continues to lead the rest of the UK, with 41 per cent of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register, compared to 31 per cent nationally.
However with three people in the UK dying every day due to not getting the transplant they need in time, joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and sharing wishes can save and transform lives.
Chris Frank of the Braehead Clan, said:
“Transplants make a massive difference to people’s lives so it’s really important to stop and think about the impact you could have just by signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and making your views on the subject known.
“It’s an amazing thing to do and I’d definitely encourage anyone who feels the same way to sign up and discuss their wishes. It only takes a couple of minutes but it could ultimately save several lives.”
Ian Anderson, Operations Manager, Soar at Intu Braehead said:
“By having the organ donation team out and about we’re hoping to encourage our visitors to talk about a subject that some people may find difficult to broach.
“They’ll have the chance to have a chat over a cuppa and make their organ donation wishes known. It’s such an important topic so we’re really happy to be part of the campaign and do our bit to raise awareness.”