The Wills team explain how you can register as an organ donor
Matthew Edwards, head of Private Client team at Pinney Talfourd met a truly inspirational lady during a networking event in July inspiring him to help raise awareness of organ donation amongst his Will clients.
Teresa Sandeman-Charles, also known as 'T' was diagnosed with incurable lung conditions in 2010; 'organising fibrosing pneumonia' and 'idiopathic pleuroparenchymal fibroelastosis' which means that a lung transplant in the next few years is her only chance of survival.
During this diagnosis she quickly discovered that there is a chronic shortage of organs in this country as many people are not officially registered donors even if they have completed a donor card in the past. Cards get completed and then lost or tucked away in a drawer and forgotten which means that many people's good intentions are not discovered until it is too late, if at all.
With this is mind T. has started a campaign to get 10,000 people to sign on the NHS National Register electronically. She set up Save5 to spread the word and so far over 2,000 extra registrations have been made.
Of her inspiration, she says "After speaking with some doctors about organ donation they told me that unfortunately many people fill in those little donor cards and then over the months and years they lose them. The NHS is trying to encourage those who believe in organ donation to register online. It was at that point that Save5 was formed in my mind."
Kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and the small bowel can all be transplanted.
You are able to choose some or all organs to offer.
Tissue such as skin, bone, tendons, cartilage, heart valves and corneas can also be donated.
You are able to choose some or all tissues to offer.
- Bone, tendons and cartilage are used for reconstruction after an injury or during joint replacement surgery.
- A bone transplant can prevent limb amputation in patients suffering from bone cancer.
- Heart valves are used to help children born with heart defects and adults with diseased or damaged valves.
- Skin grafts are used to treat people with severe burns.
- Corneas can help people with a severe eye disease or injury have their sight restored.
To help T. in her mission, the Private Client team will be providing this information to all Will clients who indicate an interest in organ donation.
This is the perfect time in one's life to register as an organ donor as you are already considering your death and the implications of your passing. This is an opportunity to do a good deed in the event of your death and whilst certainly not a compulsory element of your Will we want to ensure that you are aware of all your options.
If you would like to help T. to fulfil her legacy you do not need to wait until your Will is due for an update - register now on her Save5 website and read her full and frank story.