Russell Howard lends voice to NHS phone line to raise awareness for organ donations

Standard | Emma Powell

Russell Howard has lent his voice to an NHS phone line to ‘talk’ to callers waiting on hold.

The comedian, 35, was drafted in to help encourage members of the public to consider becoming organ donors as part of the NHS Blood and Transplant’s Organ Donation Campaign, ‘The Wait’.

Instead of the familiar musical jingle, callers will be treated to a message from the funny man who will tell callers that their time waiting on hold is the #TimeToSign onto the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“Thanks for calling, your call’s in a queue and it will be answered shortly,” he says. “But while we are waiting consider this – some people have been waiting for an organ transplant for years due to a lack of donors.”

Speaking about his involvement, Howard said: " “No one likes being put on hold, but it is really just a short amount of time compared to the wait endured by thousands of people due to a lack of organ donors. Continue reading