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Salford ‘Angels’ plea to find kidney donor for John

Salford Angels Women’s Institute are spreading the word to help a Salford man who needs a kidney transplant.

The team met with Irlam resident John who has chronic kidney disease and has been waiting for a transplant for the past five years.

His kidneys are 40 times larger than they should be and he has to spend four and a half hours every other day on a dialysis machine.

John said: “When I visit the hospital I see people from all different backgrounds hooked up to dialysis machines.

“They need people from all different backgrounds to register so I’d like to thank the Salford Angels volunteering to spread the message.

“It only takes two minutes to sign up so I’d encourage everybody to do it – you could change someone’s life.”

The kind-hearted WI volunteers launched a campaign at Salford Civic Centre to encourage town hall staff to sign up to the NHS Organ Donation Register.

And throughout the week they’ll be taking their information stand to Gateway centres in the city where members of the public can find out more.

It’s all been timed to fit in with national Organ Donation Week which runs from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 September.

Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett, who registered at the launch, said: “Organ Donation Week is a great time to talk about organ donation with your friends and family.

“Statistics show that half of all adults in the country have not even spoken about donation but it is something we must all think seriously about.

“I’ve taken the decision to register today as I realise the importance it could make to somebody else’s life.”

To find out more and sign the register please visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate

The Salford Angels will also be on the Civic Centre lawns at Salford’s Big Day Out on Saturday 17 September.

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