People in South Tyneside are being urged to consider becoming an organ donor as new figures reveal over 100 people in Tyne and Wear are waiting for transplants.
NHS Blood and Transplant say 23 people from the region became lifesaving deceased organ donors in the past 12 months - helping the UK reach its highest ever number of donors.
The figures have been released to mark the publication of the annual Transplant Activity Report today.
The report reveals there is growing support for organ donation in Tyne and Wear and, nationally, there was a record number of organ donors, with 1574 people saving lives by agreeing to donate their organs after their death over the last year.
Despite that, there is still an urgent need for more people to support donation with around three people a day losing their battle for life while awaiting a suitable organ - 101 in Tyne and Wear.
Ten of these people are in South Tyneside.
This is often because many potential donors have never told their relatives they want to save lives.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the families who have chosen to say ‘yes’ to organ donation.
“Organ donation is the only hope for many desperately ill people. We know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to save lives through organ donation. We want more people to have that opportunity.”
Ms Johnson added: “We need more people to support donation.
“Tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk”