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The National Blood Service has made an appeal to residents in Eastwood, Kimberley and the rest of Notts to tie in with National Transplant Week.

There are 156 people in Nottinghamshire waiting for a transplant and 43 Nottinghamshire residents have died due to the shortage of organs over the past four years. NHS Blood and Transplant is highlighting the figures to encourage people to pass on their donation wishes to their loved ones during National Transplant Week 2013.

This year’s theme is Pass It On, stressing the importance of having a conversation about organ donation as well as joining the NHS Organ Donor Register.

To encourage people, some of the UK’s best known communicators are showing the public how important and easy it is to do.

David Harewood, Kay Burley and Wil Johnson feature in a series of short, memorable films which inspire people to have a conversation about organ donation with their loved ones. Also supporting the campaign is Richard Branson, whose film highlights the need for people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people in Nottinghamshire to watch the films at and talk to those closest to them about their donation wishes and sign up to the Organ Donor Register.

Besides having the donation conversation, signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register remains important. Joining is quick and easy - to register visit, call 0300 123 2323 or text DONATE to 62323.

For further information about National Transplant Week, including information about local events and how people can support the campaign, go to, join us on Facebook, NHS Organ Donation Campaign, and follow us on Twitter @NHSOrganDonor and #passiton.