Harrogate man's life-saving plea

Mark Smith

6:01am 6th September 2017
(Updated 12:26pm 6th September 2017)

A Harrogate man is encouraging everyone to become an organ donor.

Mark Smith, who had a kidney and pancreas transplant himself, says it has given him valuable time to start a family and support charities.

In 2016, Mark won the Bravery Award at Stray FM's Local Hero Awards.

As part of this year's Organ Donation Week, he is heading to Westminster and encouraging politicians to highlight the importance of donations.

Mark told Stray FM: "You could be saving several people's lives, ultimately, and it's actually quite hard to put into words what that means to people. It's just enormous.

"All it takes is five minutes of your time. Five minutes could save somebody's life. It could give them 20, 30 or 40 years of life that they may not have had otherwise.

"I had my transplant eight years ago. I could have died waiting for a transplant. I've had all those years since."

Figures from NHS Blood and Transplant reveal that 460 potential transplants did not go ahead last year, because families were unsure of their relatives' wishes.

You can join the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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