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Wednesday 18th December 2013 @ 17:11 by Nigel Skinner
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NHS Blood and Transplant is urging people in Manchester to tell their family their organ donation decision this Christmas.

There are 578 people in Greater Manchester waiting for a transplant this Christmas and 14 Manchester residents have died this year due to the shortage of organs.

NHS Blood and Transplant is highlighting the figures as it asks people to talk to their families over the festive period about their decision to be an organ donor.

Anthony Clarkson, Acting Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Don’t miss the opportunity to discuss organ donation when you’re with your family this Christmas.

“We know that Christmas is a time for enjoying ourselves and talking about the nice things in life like future holidays.

“But for people in need of an organ, Christmas is a very difficult time so we are urging everybody to talk about organ donation.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.