Greens give support to organ donor campaign

Hawick's players are urging as many people as possible to join the NHS Donor Register with a new logo on their famous green jerseys
Hawick's players are urging as many people as possible to join the NHS Donor Register with a new logo on their famous green jerseys

HAWICK RFC is backing a national campaign to encourage more people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, writes Sarah Williamson.

The team has unveiled their new strip emblazoned with a call-to-action to fans to help save lives, and with only 38 per cent of people in the region registered, head coach Derek Armstrong said it’s an emotive issue the whole club wanted to get behind. He stated: “We’ve always prided ourselves in being at the heart of the community and we want to do more to help increase the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“We’re asking fans to think how they would feel if it was someone in their family waiting. It only takes a minute so make your wishes known now.”

Hooker Matt Landels has pledged his support and joined the register. He commented: “Like many people it was something I meant to get round to but didn’t do it. If you would take an organ you should be willing to donate one. Don’t leave it until it is too late.” And Alister Pow, Hawick club president, said he is delighted they can help make a difference.

He added: “I’m so proud of our team. They’ve taken this very seriously, discussed it and were positive they wanted to do something to help.”

For more information about the NHS Organ Donor Register, text LIFE to 61611 or visit www.organdonationscotland.org