Sunday, 19 July 2009

Putting the Great in Greater Manchester

July has been a busy month in Greater Manchester to promote organ donation awareness!

LLTGL Advocates Holly Shaw and Carol Beckett were invited to Turton Media and Arts College in Bolton during National Transplant Week. They gave presentations about their stories of organ donation to the year 7, 8 and 9 pupils in the college.
They stressed the importance of the organ donor register and that many more lives could be saved if more people signed up. Around 740 pupils listened to the presentations and they were told that two pupils in the college had received transplants which had extended their lives. A letter had also been sent home to the pupil’s parents to ask them to think about organ donation and to consider signing up to the register.

Carol and Holly found all the pupils very receptive to their stories and they were all very polite and well informed.

Our thanks goes to the Deputy Head Teacher, Tania Lewyckyj, for allowing us to visit such a wonderful school to tell our stories, and to Trevlin Ong, who first contacted LLTGL to invite us to the school.

Carol and her family organised a stand at the school’s summer fair, getting 7 people registered there and then, with many more taking information away with them, including some pupils who wanted to discuss signing up as organ donors with their parents.

On 18th July, Urmston Infant School held their Summer Fair and allowed Carol to organise an organ donor stand. Sister-in-law Michelle Wood helped man the stand and she proved a very persuasive character, as in total 24 people signed up to the organ donor register in just 2 hours! Well done Michelle and thank you to all those who signed up.

Have you been out supporting LLTGL and about spreading the word recently? Don't forget to tell us so we can shout about it here!


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