National Organ Donation Week, at Kettering General Hospital, was supported by Hotpoint with the gift of a top-of-the-range combination microwave oven for the raffle.
This year the campaign focussed on the message of leaving loved ones certain, emphasising how important it is to talk to all loved ones to make sure that they understand and support organ donation wishes. Whether or not an individual decides to donate, if friends and family know, it leaves them certain that they are carrying out their wishes, making a difficult time a little easier for all.
Unfortunately, every year, many opportunities for transplants are missed because families and loved ones are unsure of what to do. The event at Kettering General Hospital provided an invaluable opportunity to chat to, and engage with, staff and visitors about organ donation.
Simon Weldon, the group chief executive of Kettering and Northampton General Hospitals, picked the raffle winner and commented: “We are enormously grateful and thank Hotpoint for the generous gift for the raffle, and in supporting and helping us raise awareness of organ donation.”
Shirley Newman, chair, Organ & Tissue Donation Committee, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “This year was particularly successful, with a new location in the hospital grounds, and with the exciting raffle prizes, we increased the engagement with staff and visitors. We cannot thank everyone enough for all the effort in making this year our best, and Hotpoint’s gift made a huge difference in helping us to promote organ donation.”
Pictured: the National Organ Donation Week raffle winner being drawn at Kettering General Hospital. Left to right: Shirley Newman, chair, Organ & Tissue Donation Committee, Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; Jacqueline Mariani, MD, JMM PR; Simon Weldon, group chief executive of Kettering, and Northampton General Hospitals.