‘Give the greatest gift of all this Christmas’: Norfolk organ transplant recipients’ plea


Paul Welsh, right, in this year's Cromer Carnival parade with other Cromer Hospital renal unit supporters, promoting organ donation. Picture: ANTONY KELLY
Paul Welsh and Robert Sutton are both backing NHS Blood and Transplant’s ‘What Are You Waiting For?’ Christmas campaign asking people to spend a few minutes over the festive period signing up to give the greatest gift of all - the gift of life.

In the last 12 months 463 people – adults and children – have died waiting for a transplant. In the last five years 2,714 people have died on the waiting list.

Around 6,500 people in the UK are hoping 2017 will bring them the same phone call which saved Mr Sutton’s life and meant an escape from illness and gruelling dialysis for Mr Welsh.

Mr Welsh, 54, of Honeysuckle Close, North Walsham, is enjoying a normal life again after his third kidney transplant. Continue reading