Be a hero
We are in need of Yorkshire heroes
Our #BeAHero campaign is searching for Yorkshire Heroes! By signing the organ donor register (ODR) today, you can save up to nine lives.
Last year, over 100 people in Yorkshire donated an organ after their death – but it’s still not enough! There are nearly 800 people in Yorkshire currently waiting for a lifesaving organ.
Our Yorkshire heroes
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York is patron of our Be a Hero campaign
The Duchess said: “I would urge everyone to get behind this campaign, I've seen first-hand today just how much of a difference receiving an organ can make. It is a real life changer for so many people.
It's heart-breaking that three people a day die in the UK waiting for an organ. We all need to act now to lower this number. I am really pleased to be the patron for such an important campaign
Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, well renowned film, television and stage actor and director
Sir Patrick Stewart has pledged his support to the 'Be a Hero' campaign. “I am delighted to be backing this crucial campaign. Anyone can find themselves in a position where they need an organ, so I would encourage everyone in Yorkshire to take two minutes out of their day, sign the organ donor register and Be a Hero. It’s remarkable that one person has the potential to save nine lives. Once you’ve signed up it’s really important that you share your wishes with your loved ones, so they know you’re on the register.”
Leeds United FC have backed our Be a Hero campaign
Leeds United FC player Sam Byram commented; “We feel very strongly about supporting this important campaign. The circumstances surrounding organ donation have affected, and continue to affect, so many families and communities in our region, and we are pleased to be able to do our bit to raise awareness of the number of people on the transplant waiting list in Yorkshire and hope many people will be touched by the Be A Hero campaign and sign the donor register.
Geoffrey Boycott, cricket commentator and former Yorkshire and England cricketer
“It’s all too easy for people to presume that because they’ve not always had a clean bill of health or they are no longer in their 20s there isn’t anything worth keeping and passing on to someone else, but that’s far from true. The Be A Hero campaign aims to raise awareness that we all, regardless of age, have the potential to be a hero, and ability to save up to nine lives. I hope, just as I have been, many people in Yorkshire will be inspired by this remarkable campaign to take two minutes to sign the donor register”
Renowned Journalist Maggie Philbin
Maggie Philbin has pledged her support to our Be a Hero campaign: “Joining the organ donor register is so important. I was shocked to hear that 3 people a day in the UK die as a result of not getting that lifesaving organ in time. This is a tragedy. We should all take two minutes out of our day and sign the organ donor register. The more people that do this the more people we save, for me it’s a no brainer. By signing you can make a difficult decision easier for your loved ones and know you'll have a huge impact on many lives in the future”
Joe Root, England and Yorkshire County Cricket Club player
Joe has pledged his support for the ‘Be a Hero’ campaign; “I hope that Yorkshire residents will step up and send a message of hope to the hundreds of people in our county waiting for a transplant. Every one of us has the ability to save lives through the simple act of signing the donor register. I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up, speak about their wishes with their loved ones and be a hero.”
Jim Carter, actor and Downton Abbey's Mr Carson
Jim Carter has pledged his support for the ‘Be a Hero’ campaign across Yorkshire. “Supporting this campaign is so important and joining the Organ Donor Register is quick, simple and can make a real difference to people's lives. There are nearly 800 people across Yorkshire currently waiting for a lifesaving organ and every one of us has the ability to save lives through the simple act of signing the donor register. I would encourage as many people as possible to sign up, speak about their wishes with their loved ones and be a hero.”