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Cardiff Launch of UK Challenge to Increase Organ Donation

12th October 2004

Kind-hearted people from Cardiff could be among the first in the UK to respond to a national challenge, launched on Wednesday October 6, to add one million more “lifesavers” to the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR).

The ODR - a confidential, computerised database - was launched on October 6 1994, following a five-year campaign by a donor family.

Jamie Robinson, who plays with the Cardiff Blues said: “Joining the NHS Organ Donor Register sends out a huge message of support to the thousands of people whose lives depend on the generosity of others.

“A big thank you goes to the 201,366 people from the Cardiff area who are among 11.6 million who have already pledged their wishes by joining the Register, and I’d like to encourage everyone else to consider joining them.”

In addition to the launch taking place in Cardiff 600 students, NHS staff and families of organ donors and recipients will converge on London’s Trafalgar Square to create a colourful spectacle to start the challenge.

Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register by telephoning the Organ Donor Line on 0845 60 60 400 or by visiting