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New figures show Christians above average on organ donation

At the start of National Transplant Week new research conducted as part of the fleshandblood campaign suggests Christians in the UK are above average when it comes to choosing to donate their organs ...

At the start of National Transplant Week new research conducted as part of the fleshandblood campaign suggests Christians in the UK are above average when it comes to choosing to donate their organs. 

Whilst 31% of the UK population overall have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register, 48% of the Christians surveyed said they had signed up. As the campaign continues to raise the profile of donation within the UK Church it is hoped that many more registrations will follow.

The study coincides with the Church of England General Synod meeting in York this week, which saw Dr Paul Murphy, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) meet with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt Hon Justin Welby, as well as one of the leading advocates for the fleshandblood campaign the Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle.

The Rt Revd, who is the lead Bishop on healthcare for the Church of England discussed, along with other representatives of the General Synod ways in which the UK Church can continue to support NHSBT in their goal to increase registered blood and organ donors nationwide.

Dr Murphy says: “There continues to be a great need for people throughout the UK to register to donate blood and organs. It is incredibly encouraging to have the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop James, the Church of England, and the broader UK Church. It is through partnerships like the fleshandblood campaign that we will see awareness rise and the current need met.”

Sponsored by Give.net and in association with denominations, organisations and festivals including the Church of England, The Salvation Army, Methodist Church, United Reformed Church, Baptist Union, Church In Wales, Hope and Evangelical Alliance, the fleshandblood campaign marks the first time the NHS has worked alongside the church on a national initiative of this kind.

Around 1,000 people die each year in the UK in need of an organ transplant. This unique campaign seeks to equip individuals and churches as advocates for blood and organ donation, enabling them to raise awareness of blood and organ donation with their family, friends and community and potentially help to save thousands of lives each year.

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