Vikings join forces with NHS Blood and Transplant

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12th December 2016

NHS Blood and Transplant has joined forces with the Widnes Vikings to create a lifesaving team and encourage Vikings fans to become organ donors.

The Cheshire team is the first Super League rugby club to commit themselves to support the cross sport Sign For Life campaign. Sign For Life was created in 2015 as a platform for sports clubs to show their support for organ donation. Football clubs across the country have been urging their fans to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register and have a conversation about their donation decision with their loved ones. Now Widnes Vikings are encouraging their fans to embody the club ethos ‘Stronger as One’ by offering hope to all those waiting on the organ transplant waiting list through their support for organ donation.

The campaign will run until December 2017 and the Vikings will be promoting the life saving benefits of organ donation throughout this time, urging their loyal fans to 'Sign for Life'.

Richard Munson, Vikings Community Integrated Director, said: ‘We hope that the club’s support for 'Sign for Life' will inspire fans to think about organ donation, talk about it with their families and friends and sign up to be organ donors. We are pleased to continue supporting NHS Blood and Transplant following last year’s successful ‘It’s in your Blood’ campaign where we urged fans to donate blood, and are looking forward to a positive year promoting organ donation.”

There are around 6,500 people waiting for a transplant, and every day three people die in need of a transplant because there aren’t enough organ donors. One organ donor can save or transform the lives of up to nine people.

Last year 466 patients in the UK died in need of an organ transplant.

Anthony Clarkson, Assistant Director for Organ Donation and Nursing at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We are delighted Widnes Vikings will be working with us for another year and supporting organ donation. We hope Vikings fans will be inspired by their Club’s support for organ donation to decide that they would like to help save lives by donating their organs after they have died. Working in partnership with the Vikings will bring hope to those who are waiting for a transplant.”

Joining the NHS Organ Donor Register is simple and takes two minutes. Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. Let your friends and family know when you have signed the NHS Organ Donor Register and join the conversation online by using the campaign hash tag #SignforLife and #timetosign.

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