A group of charities and organisations in Cornwall have come together to launch a new project as part of Dying Matters Week (14th to 20th May). The aim is to ask people to consider what they want in death while they’re very much alive. It’ll encourage people to opt in for organ donation and to complete an Advance Decision, which explains what the person would want if they couldn’t speak for themselves.
The project brings together Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care, the NHS Organ Donation Team from the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske, Healthwatch Cornwall and Compassion in Dying. The details have been developed with members of the Lostwithiel Young Farmers Club who have named the campaign ‘Pass it on before you pass away’ and who understand the need for young people in particular to consider taking important actions like signing up for organ donation.
Brian Tierney is NHS Specialist Nurse Organ Donation and is supporting the project; “I’m delighted to be part of this collaboration as the more people who join our organ donation register the better. 46% of the population in Cornwall have signed up but we need to keep spreading the word and helping people to understand the difference they can make. At present 500 folk a year who are on the transplant waiting list, die and we want to lower this figure.”
Deb Thomas is Cornwall Hospice Care’s Education Lead; “By completing the Advance Decision you are clearly stating what you want to happen if you are injured or ill and can’t make decisions for yourself. It’s not a Will but a recognition of your wishes should something happen to you. We’re delighted to be working with Compassion in Dying who have provided us with paper copies of the Advance Decision and the link (right) to complete it online.”