Sarah Ferguson - the Duchess of York
The Duchess is patron of our Be a Hero campaign. “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
“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.”
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Tommy Coyle - IBF International Boxing Champion
Tommy is a firm believer in the saying ‘as to help is to give’ which runs true to the Be A Hero campaign message that if we would accept an organ if we needed one, we should also be prepared to give.
“I’m very proud to come from Yorkshire and pleased to be championing such an important campaign which could make a big difference to many lives in the region.
I hope everyone will join me in taking a moment to think about the 700 people in Yorkshire on the transplant waiting list. I can’t imagine how tough it must be for them waiting for a lifesaving organ.”
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”
Leeds United FC
“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."
Sheffield Wednesday FC
Owls players Liam Palmer and Joe Wildsmith are supporting the 'Be a Hero' campaign.
"It’s really positive to be involved with this campaign and we hope that more people will sign up to the donor register.
“We hope that more people sign up to help hundreds of people every day.”
Renowned Journalist Maggie Philbin
“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
“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
“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.”