A FILM created by primary school children has been shortlisted for a national award.
Youngsters from Blackrod Church School have produced a movie encouraging people to sign up for organ donation.
And as well as being shortlisted for the award, pupils have also won the backing of Natalie Kerr, who was given the gift of life when she had a lung transplant.
The two minute film, which impressed judges of the Organ Donation Through a Lens competition, was created by the pupils, who are aged between nine and 11, the bereavement team at the Royal Bolton Hospital, the medical illustration department and nurses —including a specialist nurse for organ donation.
The winner’s award will go to the film with the most views on YouTube.
Children at the school painted pictures of organs and say on camera they bet people did not know they could donate skin, the small bowel, tendons, cornea, cartilage. They hold up pictures of each organ as it is read out. At the end of the film, pupils tell the audience 96 per cent of people would take an organ but only 30 per cent of people are on the register.
Youngsters then hold up letter cards spelling out the website where people can sign up to the register.
The 'Organ Donation Through a Lens' competition was launched nationwide as part of this year's National Transplant Week 2012 activity (9 to 15 July).
Budding film makers were asked to create a short film to encourage people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and crucially, pass on their donation wishes to their friends and family. All of our shortlisted films portray the campaign message in a unique and creative way.
The overall winner will be decided by a panel of judges including Radio 1's Edith Bowman. The People's Favourite award will be presented to the film with the most YouTube views - so judge the ten entries for yourself and pass on your favourite to friends and family!
Three people a day will die waiting for a transplant. Join the register by visiting www.transplantweek.co.uk
And don't forget to tell your friends and family that you've registered! #passiton
For more details about National Transplant Week -- visit www.transplantweek.co.uk