Hull’s main landmarks will turn pink next week to mark Organ Donation Week.
The Deep, the KC Stadium, St Stephen’s shopping mall and buildings including City Hall, The Maritime Museum and Queen Victoria’s statue in Queen Victoria Square will all shine bright pink on September 7.
The event celebrates the contribution of dozens of families who have agreed to donate the organs of their loved ones to save the lives of others.
Fay Turner, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are so grateful to the support of so many organisations in the city to help us spread the message.
“Donating organs saves lives. Talk to your family and friends about your wishes. Make sure they know what you want to do in the event of your death.
“By donating your organs, you can save a mother, father, son or daughter being taken away from their loved ones too soon.
“This year in particular, when so many families have lost someone dear to them because of Covid-19, that message has never been more crucial.”
Last year, 42 patients received a life-saving or life-changing transplant after Hull families consented to organ donation.
While the impact of Covid-19 has seen a decrease in organ donations, four families have still donated their loved ones’ organs since the height of the pandemic in April to ensure other people have the chance to live.
Organ Donation Week will run from September 7 to 13. Social media platforms will be used by organisations this year, including the trust, to encourage more people to agree to organ donation in the event of their deaths and to share their wishes with their family.
The law about organ donation changed earlier this year to an “opt out” system. Also known as Max and Keira’s Law, the legislation change means you will be considered to have agreed to donate your organs unless you have specifically opted out.
Unless you are in an excluded group, have recorded your decision not to donate on the register or have informed your family that you do not wish to donate your organs in the event of your death, it will be considered that you have agreed to organ donation.
Watch the video to find out how transplants can make sure a difference to so many people.