Organ Donation Day in Northern Ireland - do your loved ones know your wishes?

11 December 2014        

Junior Minister Jonathan Bell Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness Jayne Murray from the BHF and Dr Eddie Rooney from the PHA (3)

Today is Organ Donation Discussion Day in Northern Ireland and we are urging all families to take a few minutes to sit down with their loved ones and tell them their organ donation wishes. 

It is vital that families know their loved ones wishes as organ donation will only proceed if a person’s family or loved ones consent to it. 

Spread the word

This is why we are encouraging families in Northern Ireland to share a picture of themselves, on Facebook or Twitter, having the conversation - using the hashtag #Dec11Tellyourlovedones - so that the message can be spread and more lives can be saved. 

Some 84% of people in Northern Ireland support the idea of organ donation yet 38% of families refuse to give consent to the donation of their loved ones organs when faced with this choice. Often they didn’t know their loved ones wishes. 

First discussion day

To raise awareness of this issue, BHF Northern Ireland has joined forces with the Northern Ireland Executive, British Medical Association NI, Opt for Life and the Public Health Agency to officially launch the country’s first ever family discussion day. 

This campaign has already seen huge support pouring in from all local Northern Ireland charities and organisations that promote organ donation. It is targeted at bringing about behavioural change and encouraging people to sit down together and have the conversation in the run up to Christmas.

So this Thursday take a few minutes to have a heart to heart with your loved ones and tell them your wishes on organ donation today. 
To support this initiative please post, pin and tweet using ‪#‎Dec11Tellyourlovedones‬‬‬‬‬, and share a picture of yourself having the chat with your friends or family today. 

For more information

For more information check out visit Organ Donation Northern Ireland.