The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Duchess of York becomes patron of Yorkshire organ donor campaign

24 July 2015

The Be a Hero organ donation campaign has received a huge boost with Sarah, Duchess of York, visiting Leeds Children's Hospital to become a patron.

The Duchess visited children on the transplant and dialysis wards and met a range of staff who work with both child and adult transplant patients.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Be a Hero campaign aims to encourage as many Yorkshire residents as possible to join the organ donor register. In Yorkshire alone 800 people are waiting for that lifesaving organ.

The Duchess said: "It was a pleasure for me to meet children here in Leeds who have received a lifesaving organ. The journey these children have been through is inspiring. They've been through so much and now their lives are finally back on track thanks to the selfless actions of organ donors.”

“Today really brought home for me the importance of being a hero and joining the organ donor register. This only takes two minutes to do but by doing so you could save up to nine lives, which is remarkable. 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."

The Duchess met Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust’s Chair, Linda Pollard CBE and Chief Executive Julian Hartley on the visit.

Linda Pollard CBE, Chair of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Duchess to our Children's Hospital today. Her support in raising the profile of our campaign is invaluable and I know that many of the children on the ward really enjoyed meeting her."