Memorial service reminder

NHS TAYSIDE’S Donation Committee is hosting its annual memorial service to pay tribute to all of those who have donated organs in Tayside.

The ‘Time to Remember’ memorial service extends an open invitation to those families and friends of loved ones who donated organs, transplant recipients, medical and nursing staff, and those who support organ donation.

The event is being organised by NHS Tayside’s Donation Committee, in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant.

It is taking place on Thursday, May 9, at the University of Dundee’s Chaplaincy Centre, Cross Row.

The service will start at 7 p.m. and those attending should aim to be seated by 6.45 p.m.

The service will last around 45 minutes and refreshments will be provided after the service.

Co-chair of the committee, and chairman of NHS Tayside Sandy Watson said, “The ‘Time to Remember’ memorial service is now in its second year and is for those in Tayside whose lives have been touched or affected by organ donation.

“Members of the NHS Tayside Donation Committee decided they would like to offer those affected by organ donation an opportunity to come together to remember and reflect on those who have been generous in making this life-saving gift to others.

“Very few people in the UK become organ donors - around 80 a year in Scotland, and this event recognises the legacy left by this very special group of people.”

For more information, or if you are interested in attending the memorial service and would like a booking form, email the specialist nurse in organ donation, June Osborne, at june.osborne@nhsbt.nhs.uk.

Booking is essential and booking forms must be in by Friday, April 26.

If you believe in organ donation then you can register now at www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23, lines are open 24 hours a day, all year round, and calls are charged at your contracted rate.

Alternatively you can text ‘SAVE’ to 62323 for further information.

You can also join when you are registering for a driving licence, applying for a Boots Advantage card, registering at a GP surgery, or registering for a European Health Insurance card. Leaflets are also displayed in GP surgeries, libraries, hospitals and pharmacies.