PARALYMPIC hero and world record holder Josef Craig has given his backing to a lifesaving campaign.
The 16-year-old, who is in training for the World Championships in Canada next month, has hailed the importance of people signing up to the organ donation register.
This week is National Transplant Week with NHS Blood and Transplant running its Pass It On Campaign from July 8-14.
The drive to encourage people to sign up to become organ donors and tell their families of their wishes is being supported in South Tyneside by In Miley’s Memory.
The Gazette-supported campaign was launched in February by Sharon Eckert, mum of baby Miley Turbitt, who died aged 14 weeks while waiting for a new heart.
So far more than 600 South Tynesiders have signed up to become organ donors.
Josef, from Swinbourne Terrace, Jarrow, said: “Organ donation is great, as it is helping to save lives and giving people a second chance in life.
“I think it’s essential that if they are in a position to become an organ donor, that people sign up to the register.
“In my eyes, people like Sharon are heroes.
“To do something like this campaign, where she has channelled her own personal grief to do something for the community, is nothing short of a miracle.
“It is amazing what she has done, and I take my hat off to her.”
Anyone who wants to sign up to become an organ donor can visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk