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Our Lifesavers campaign aims to ease the agony for thousands of people on the UK organ donor transplant list.

We aim to raise awareness of organ donation and encourage people to discuss it with their loved ones; to reopen the debate on adopting an opt-out system; and, above all, we want to recruit 20,000 new donors in our region by the end of 2010.

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Award to recognise gift of life for others

York Press: Angelique Halliwell who allowed her son Michael’s organs to be donated after he died in a car crash

9:07am Friday 6th September 2013

A MOTHER who made the difficult decision to donate her son’s organs after he died in a car crash will accept an award on his behalf.

32 per cent increase in organ donors

York Press: Heart transplant patient Wendy Lingham, of Clifton, York, with her son, Joshua, and her sister, Rachael Genders

8:19am Friday 12th April 2013

THE number of people donating organs after death in Yorkshire has increased by 32 per cent in the last five years.

Family in organ donor plea

York Press: Afton Gemmell, 21, who won a bronze medal in the Transplant Games, with her mum, Heather

9:35am Monday 8th October 2012

A 21-YEAR-OLD woman who has been plagued by health problems since she was a baby is facing an agonising wait for a third vital organ transplant.

Family of canoe woman in plea on organ donors plea

York Press: Kate Stainsby pictured at Christmas with her partner, Paul Simpson, and daughter, Hannah

8:33am Tuesday 10th January 2012

THE heartbroken partner of a woman who died after her canoe capsized in a river on New Year’s Day has urged people to sign up to The Press’s Lifesavers register.

Guidance aims to boost organ donor numbers

8:53am Monday 12th December 2011

NEW guidance to boost the number of organs donated for transplant has been issued to the NHS.

Brave Vaughn inspires family’s fundraising drive

York Press: Vaughn Pearce-Storm with mum Rebecca and sister Willow

8:55am Friday 9th December 2011

Vaughn Pearce-Storm runs happily around his home like any other little boy – full of energy and smiles.

Tragic teacher donates organs after death

York Press: Stephen Brian

9:10am Monday 7th November 2011

THE widow of a popular York science teacher who died suddenly while cycling says organ donation means he has gone on to help many people after his death.

York man’s kidney transplant joy

York Press: Former soldier Andy Henwood with his, wife, Wendy

9:52am Saturday 13th August 2011

After three years of waiting, Andy Henwood got the kidney he had been waiting for, as GAVIN AITCHISON reports.

Football fan Dan has kidney transplant

York Press: Football fan Dan Skelton, of Easingwold, who has just had a kidney transplant

9:39am Thursday 9th June 2011

A YOUNG man is looking forward to a bright future after undergoing a life-changing kidney transplant.

John Targett, 59, donates part of liver to help grandson

York Press: Owen Targett, with his parents James and Fleur and sister Kinvara, at home in Naburn after the transplant operation

9:35am Monday 10th January 2011

THE life of a York toddler has been saved after his grandfather came to the rescue by donating part of his liver.

Organ donation brings gift of life and hope

York Press: Bob Shead, 73, who is backing our Lifesavers campaign

8:32am Friday 31st December 2010

The Press has spearheaded a campaign urging people to save lives through organ donation. MIKE LAYCOCK catches up with people whose stories have moved readers in the past year and urges others to become Lifesavers in 2011.

Miracle baby Jessica Gaughan celebrates her first birthday

York Press: Vikki Medlicott, of Acomb, York, with her daughter Jessica, who has celebrated her first birthday

10:38am Monday 25th October 2010

MIRACLE baby Jessica Gaughan turns one today – and it will be a day of celebration for her mum who was told she would never give birth.

Friends and family gather to mark Kyle’s birthday

York Press: Kyle Mcfadyean, who would have been celebrating his 19th birthday on Monday

8:27am Saturday 11th September 2010

FAMILY and friends of a popular York teenager who died after suffering a massive stroke on Christmas Day will be remembering him on his birthday.

Organ donor campaign heads to Scotland

8:45am Tuesday 31st August 2010

OUR campaign to boost the number of registered organ donors has been taken to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

York mother donates kidney to sick son

York Press: Liam McLaughlin-Ventress, who received a kidney from his mum, Jane McLaughlin

10:25am Thursday 26th August 2010

A MOTHER has saved her York son’s life by giving him one of her kidneys.

Claire Davies, from Acomb, finds her life transformed after heart transplant

2:08pm Tuesday 3rd August 2010

A YEAR ago today, Claire Davies got the phone call which changed her life.

Family of liver transplant girl back Lifesavers campaign

York Press: Lydia Mellen and her dad, Richard, who are doing a sponsored cycle to raise money for Lydia to take part in the Transplant Games

9:09am Monday 19th July 2010

A NINE-year-old girl who had a liver transplant three years ago is raising awareness of the importance of organ donation by taking part in next month’s British Transplant Games.

Lynda Morrison returns from Transplant Games with medal haul

York Press: Lynda Morrison with her medals at the European transplant games

9:35am Monday 12th July 2010

WITHOUT a stranger’s gift of a new heart, Lynda Morrison would not have lived beyond the age of seven.

Lifesavers organ donation campaign hits the streets of York

York Press: YorMed ambulance technician Ashley Mason, left, highlights the Lifesavers campaign with Gavin Aitchison, news editor of The Press, in St Sampson’s Square, York

8:00am Wednesday 7th July 2010

YORK residents and tourists signed up to the Organ Donor Register as The Press took its Lifesavers campaign to the city’s streets.

Press organ donor campaign gets double boost with launch of new video and stall in city centre

York Press: Emma Young taking part in the Miss York finals last year

8:24am Monday 5th July 2010

SAVING a life is about to get easier and the case for doing so even more compelling as The Press steps up its Lifesavers campaign.

Call to change organ donor system

8:12am Tuesday 22nd June 2010

FRESH calls have been made for a change in the British organ donation system, in an attempt to prevent thousands of needless deaths each year.

Teenager faces prospect of going on dialysis at end of month

9:31am Friday 18th June 2010

TEENAGE kidney patient Lauren Senior will have to begin having dialysis by the end of the month – barring a miracle.

Dan Skelton walks ten miles in aid of kidney research despite illness

York Press: Dan Skelton with his friend Carrie Wass at the Kidney Research Walk in London

9:18am Tuesday 15th June 2010

A YOUNG man has walked ten miles for kidney research – despite being left exhausted by the failure of his own kidneys.

Liam McLaughlin-Ventress, 20, waits for third kidney operation

York Press: Liam undergoes dialysis in his bedroom at home in Fulford, York

11:02am Saturday 12th June 2010

A YOUNG man told today how he was waiting for a third replacement kidney after two earlier transplants ended in failure.

Mother in heartfelt kidney donor appeal

York Press: Debbie Senior

9:10am Wednesday 9th June 2010

THE mother of a teenage kidney patient today pleaded for thousands more people to join the organ donor register and help save her life.

Health Secretary opposes ‘opt-out’ organ donation scheme

9:04am Wednesday 9th June 2010

HEALTH Secretary Andrew Lansley has called for more people to join the Organ Donor Register – but has opposed calls for an “opt-out” donation system.

Thousands sign up to Organ Donor Register

9:02am Wednesday 9th June 2010

THOUSANDS of people in our region have joined the Organ Donor Register since we launched our campaign – but many thousands more are needed.

Medical group backing organ register drive

York Press: Yormed ambulance technicians Ashley Mason, left, Danny Watt and trainee Chris Chadwick, right, with the Life Savers vehicle signs

8:40am Monday 7th June 2010

THE drive to recruit thousands more organ donors in our region is being taken to the streets.

Former sclerosing cholangitis sufferer backs organ donation campaign

York Press: Keith Anderson with his wife, Margaret

9:18am Tuesday 11th May 2010

Keith Anderson was about to turn in for the night one Sunday evening when he got a phone call that changed his life.

Hannah Swift of Helmsley backs Lifesavers campaign

York Press: Hannah Swift, of Helmsley, who is backing our Lifesavers campaign

9:37am Wednesday 14th April 2010

When she was nine, beautician Hannah Swift was given only hours to live after a virus attacked her heart.

Organ donation campaign attracts nationwide interest

7:41am Thursday 8th April 2010

A CAMPAIGN by The Press to boost organ donation rates could be used as a springboard for similar drives nationwide.

York football fans help organ donors goal

York Press: The Press news editor, Gavin Aitchison, hands out organ donor leaflets outside Bootham Crescent after the match against Altrincham

9:28am Tuesday 6th April 2010

FOOTBALL fans were invited to save a life, as York City FC backed The Press’s campaign to boost organ donation rates.

York City’s stars back organ donation battle

York Press: York City players, from left Andy Porter, Michael Gash, Daniel Parslow and Chris Carruthers with manager Martin Foyle put their support behind The Press’s Lifesavers campaign

9:23am Monday 5th April 2010

THE stars of promotion-chasing York City FC have put pen to paper on one of the most important contracts of their lives.

Andy Henwood's long wait for a kidney donor

York Press: Andrew Henwood undergoes haemodialysis at York Hospital Renal Unit

10:42am Saturday 3rd April 2010

A FORMER soldier who spends 12 hours every week on dialysis as he waits for a life-changing kidney transplant has backed our campaign to get more people to donate organs.

More sign up as organ donors

8:23am Friday 26th March 2010

MORE than 5,000 people in our region have signed up to save a life since The Press launched its campaign to improve organ donation rates.

Selby mum names baby after organ donor

York Press: Rachel Richardson, of Barlow

8:33am Thursday 25th March 2010

A MOTHER who was given a second chance thanks to the Organ Donor Register has named her son after the little boy whose kidneys ensured she could live a normal life.

Selby residents urged to get a donor card

11:28am Monday 22nd March 2010

THE sister of a woman whose death saved the life of two others has backed a campaign by The Press to get more people to donate organs.

Woman who received new heart backs organ donation appeal

York Press: Claire Davies, who is backing our Lifesavers campaign

9:56am Friday 19th March 2010

IT HAD been a routine Sunday, until Claire Davies got the phone call that changed her life.

Organ donor roadshow comes to York

York Press: Louise Nicholson, daughter of donor Sheila Dawson, and Ashley Parker, who received a kidney transplant three

4:02pm Thursday 25th February 2010

THE daughter of a woman who donated all her organs to keep people alive after her death has urged York residents to do the same.

Lifesavers: Drive for more organ donors

York Press: Emma Young, 22, died while waiting for a double-lung transplant

10:34am Wednesday 24th February 2010

RIGHT now, across the UK, 10,000 people are facing an agonising wait.

Organ donation campaign moves up a gear

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11:32am Friday 12th February 2010

HEALTH workers and The Press will take to the streets of York later this month, as we continue our drive to sign up 20,000 heroes.

City chief backs Lifesavers campaign

York Press: HELPING HANDS: Backing The Press Lifesavers campaign are, from left, Coun David Scott, Coun Ian Gillies, Coun Andrew Waller and Coun Andy D’Agorne

11:40pm Thursday 4th February 2010

York's council leader has backed The Press's Lifesavers campaign - and revealed it inspired him to join the organ donor register.

Call on political chiefs to seek national support for organ donation campaign

8:23am Tuesday 2nd February 2010

YORK’S political chiefs are to be urged to seek support from across the UK for The Press’s Lifesavers campaign.

50 people a day sign up to be organ donors

York Press: Emma Young, 22, will be presenting the Charity Award at Sunday’s event

9:50am Friday 29th January 2010

THOUSANDS of new organ donors have come forward to give the greatest gift of all following the launch of The Press’s drive to save countless lives.

Lauren Senior, 15, in plea for kidney donor

9:27am Wednesday 13th January 2010

A MOTHER stepped forward to give her sick daughter a kidney – only to discover she too was suffering from the same illness.

1,200 sign up to Lifesavers organ donor appeal

York Press: Megan Thomas, left, and Tania Sinclair, mother of Sam Sinclair, hand out organ donor registration cards before York City’s game against Mansfield

8:46am Monday 11th January 2010

IT is a quest which can make the difference between life and death – and it has had an incredible start.

Football fans urged to back Lifesavers organ donation campaign

8:37am Thursday 24th December 2009

FOOTBALL fans could deliver a massive boost to The Press’s Lifesavers campaign on Saturday.

Former kidney transplant patient backs The Press’s Lifesavers campaign

York Press: Ashley Parker

8:04am Tuesday 15th December 2009

ASHLEY Parker is a man with a zest for life – but he also knows only too well what it feels like to stand at death’s door.

Naomi Smith so grateful for liver transplant

York Press: Naomi Smith winning a medal at the British Transplant Games

10:37am Friday 11th December 2009

A POSTER CHILD for organ donation has become the latest backer of The Press’ Lifesavers campaign.

10,000 Lifesavers organ donation forms go out

York Press: Councillor James Alexander with some of the 10,000 organ donor forms

10:33am Friday 11th December 2009

SAVING a life is about to get even easier for 10,000 readers of The Press.


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