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Press backs awareness week with plea for new donors

National Transplant Week prompted several newspapers to take on the national organ donor plea – each with their own local angle.

Staff at Archant Devon led by example to urge readers of the firm’s five weekly newspapers to give the Gift of Life.

Thirty staff from the company registered for organ donation and a Devon couple, whose 17-year-old daughter’s organs were used to save five lives, helped kick off the campaign.

The blunt message was: “If you are willing to take an organ from someone then you can’t be selfish in giving them.”

The Citizen asked readers to help find Annette Gordon a new kidney.

She is one of 33 patients in the Gloucester, Stroud and Forest of Dean area who need people to sign up to the national organ donor register.

The Have a Heart campaign also focused on a heart transplant patient who, when she died, helped 54 other patients with her donated organs.

The Clevedon, Nailsea, Portishead and Yatton Mercury in Somerset has also launched its own Have a Heart campaign, around nine-year-old Louisa Harrington – who needs a new heart.

The Mercury has handed out a free registration form and freepost return slip, card and information about being a donor in its paper to boost the numbers of donors.

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