Rise in number of North East organ donors, new figures reveal

Chronicle Live | Craig Thompson

Liver transplant patient Phoebe Pace

Numbers of organs donors in the North East has risen by nearly a quarter in just four and a half years.

Figures disclosed in parliament showed 846,355 people in the region were on the NHS Organ Donor Register as of this month.

That is an increase of 154,330, or 22.3 per cent, on the 692,025 people who were on the register at the end of March 2011.

It means that roughly one third of all men, women and children in the region have declared willing to donate.

There are currently more than 300 people waiting for transplants in the North East.

Earlier this year, more than 20,000 people across the region agreed to become organ donors after a Chronicle and Journal campaign to boost the number of lifesavers in the region smashed its target. Continue reading