This week marks National Transplant Week and coincides with the Church of England General Synod meeting in York. As part of a session at Synod, Dr Paul Murphy, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation for NHS Blood and Transplant met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rt Hon Justin Welby, as well as one of the leading advocates for thefleshandblood campaign the Rt Revd James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle. The Rt Revd, who is the lead Bishop on healthcare for the Church of England discussed, along with other representatives of the General Synod ways in which the UK Church can continue to support NHSBT in their goal to increase registered blood and organ donors nationwide. Dr Murphy commented,
“There continues to be a great need for people throughout the UK to register to donate blood and organs. It is incredibly encouraging to have the support of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Bishop James and the Church of England, and the broader UK Church. It is through partnerships like the fleshandbloodcampaign that we will see awareness rise and the current need met.”
Research conducted as part of the campaign suggests Christians in the UK are above average when it comes to choosing to donate their organs. Whilst 31% of the UK population overall have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register, 48% of the Christians surveyed said they had signed up.
fleshandblood is a campaign to mobilise the church to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK, a call to recognise a need and respond with an act of generosity.
Founded as a partnership between Kore and NHS Blood and Transplant, the campaign aims to raise the profile of donation within the church and encourage donation as a personal gift. It seeks to equip individuals and churches as advocates for donation helping them engage with their family, friends and community.