A new artwork installation, 'A Memory Tree for Organ Donors', was unveiled at a special commemorative event at St Peter's Hospital on Saturday 12th December, to recognise the precious gift given by organ donors.
The Memory Tree was created in collaboration with the clinical team for organ donation at St Peter's Hospital - who helped with the emotive words featured on the sculpture, such as 'hope', 'joy' and 'dignity'. Designed to be a permanent feature at the hospital, the tree is positioned in a prominent and busy location close to the Intensive Care Unit. We have made great strides in organ donation at the Trust in recent years, largely due to the hard-work and dedication of our Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation. They have a really special and unique role; supporting our families at the most difficult time of their lives, whilst also ensuring that the many practical requirements of organ retrieval and donation take place.
Nationally, every day across the UK, time runs out for three people on the transplant list; they will die due to a lack of suitable donors. This really highlights the importance of championing organ donation and the inspirational benefits it can bring - one organ donor can help nine people to live; and with tissue donation the number is much higher.
People can sign up to the register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.