It's Black History Month
We'd like to say a big thank you to our Black donors and supporters.
We're proud to be supporting Black History Month this October.
Throughout the month, we'll be acknowledging and celebrating some incredible people who do remarkable work for the NHS, as well as saying a big thank you to our Black donors and supporters.
The difference you make
Did you know organs are matched by blood group and tissue type?
This means that if you are Black, your decision could increase the chances of someone from the same ethnic background finding a suitable match and receiving a lifesaving transplant.
Black patients often have to wait longer for a successful kidney transplant compared to patients from a white background due to a shortage of donors.
Talk to your loved ones about organ donation
This year, we're highlighting the need to have a conversation about organ donation with those closest to you.
Talking to your loved ones about your donation decision could save lives.
If you haven't yet made up your mind about organ donation, now is a great time to read up about it and make the decision that's right for you.
Have you registered your organ donation decision?
Once you've spoken to those closest to you about what you want, please register your decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
It takes just two minutes to do online.
Still to come this month
Keep an eye on our social channels, as we'll be sharing lots of exciting new content. Follow us on:
Here's a flavour of what's still to come:
- A look back in history with nurses from the Retired Caribbean Nurses Association
- Shaun Wallace from ITV quiz show The Chase hunts down some common organ donation myths
- We'll be sharing stories of people who have been personally impacted by blood or organ donation and highlighting some of the amazing work they do in their communities
- Also, look out for a very exciting video featuring a very well-known newsreader!
Why does ethnicity matter?
We need donors from all communities, but certain ethnic groups are underrepresented as organ donors.
Cooking up a conversation
See how the celebrities do it. Watch famous faces discuss organ donation whilst cooking up their favourite dishes.
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This Black History Month, help highlight the need for more Black people to register their decision and talk to their loved ones.