Life savers back organ donor
appeal

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MOTHERWELL’s firefighters are used to saving lives and are urging more Scots to become the ultimate life-savers by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue has become the first fire service in Scotland to back the national campaign in a bid to help the 600 people currently waiting on a transplant.

Mum-of-three Angela McCreadie from Harthill, who received a life-saving liver transplant, thanked the fire service for helping save lives by highlighting the need for more donors in Scotland.

She said: “It’s fabulous that an organisation as big as Strathclyde Fire & Rescue is backing the campaign. I never realised how important organ donation was until I ended up incredibly ill.

“Nobody ever thinks that something like that will happen to them but it happens to people across the country on a daily basis.

“I am just so thankful that this has happened and would urge everyone to have a chat about organ donation with their loved-ones and think about joining the NHS Organ Donor Register. You could be saving a life like mine.”

Firefighters from Motherwell Community Fire Station have been adding their names to the register while urging people across West-Central Scotland to do the same.

Watch commander Alan Weston said: “We approached the Scottish Government about backing the campaign as it was something me and my fellow firefighters on the watch were keen to do.

“Hopefully this will help raise awareness of how important the NHS Organ Donor Register is, and will help boost numbers to give more people, like Angela, a second chance at life.”

To find out more about organ donation and to join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonationscotland.org or text LIFE to 61611.