Fife shoppers can spread festive cheer by joining NHS Organ Donor Register

Erin and Kara Sibbald, who created the special festive wrapping paper, with their mum Tricia. (Photograph by Chris James)
Erin and Kara Sibbald, who created the special festive wrapping paper, with their mum Tricia. (Photograph by Chris James)
  • Christmas present wrapping service offered in sign up hope
  • Wrapping service in Glenrothes on Saturday and Kirkcaldy on Sunday
  • Special festive paper designed by sisters whose mum in awaiting kidney transplant
  • Join the NHS Organ Donor Register at organdonationscotland.org

Fife Christmas shoppers will be offered a free festive wrapping service this weekend as part of a campaign to increase the number of people on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The special festive paper, designed by the daughters of a woman waiting on a kidney transplant, will be used to encourage people to take two minutes out of their day to sign up at the Kingdom Shopping Centre in Glenrothes on Saturday, December 12, and the Mercat Shopping Centre in Kirkcaldy on Sunday, December 13.

Last December, 3937 big hearted Scots joined the register and the campaign is hoping to build on this by urging those who haven’t got round to joining the NHS Organ Donor Register to make this December count.

People in the NHS Fife area have already shown their support for organ donation, with 41.7 per cent of the population on the Register.

However, there are still around 560 people waiting in Scotland for a life-changing transplant.

As less than one per cent of deaths in Scotland occur in circumstances where the person is able to donate their organs, the more people that register, the more likely someone will be able to get the transplant they are desperately waiting for.

The special festive paper was designed by Erin (8) Sibbald and her 10-year-old sister Kara, who displayed their artistic skills as part of their wish that 2016 will be the year their mum Tricia Sibbald gets her kidney transplant.

Tricia, who is on dialysis three times a week, has been on the waiting list for a donor kidney since 2011.

Maureen Watt, Minister for Public Health said: “Everyone has it in them to save a life this Christmas. During the season of goodwill, taking two minutes to join the NHS Organ Donor Register has the potential to change the life of someone waiting.

“The reality is that if you’re not on the register, it’s less likely that your family will donate your organs. The message we want to get across is that the more people that register, the more lives that can be saved.

“I hope Tricia’s story and the fabulous artwork of her two children inspire people to act. If you support organ donation, make this Christmas count.”

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit organdonationscotland.org