Organ Donation Week
Organ Donation Week runs between September 3rd and 9th and is an annual event to raise awareness of the importance for families to discuss organ donation to help save lives. Many people don’t realise that family support and consent is needed for organ donation to go ahead, so please take the time to express your thoughts and feelings regarding it to your loved ones.
Last year EverythingBranded.co.uk announced their official partnership with the Bodie Hodges Foundation. Set up in 2012, the Bodie Hodges Foundation is a family run charity based in the Midlands that supports families who have been bereaved of a child of any age and promotes organ donation.
They aim to…
- Provide free respite for families bereaved of a child, of any age
- Create a relaxing and safe environment that allows time for peace and reflection
- Provide an opportunity to spend valuable time with siblings and aid their grieving
- Promote the organ donor register
- Develop a wider understanding of the importance of organ donation
The Leicester-based charity was created after 10-month old Bodie sadly passed away. Bodie was an organ donor; his donations saved the lives of four other babies. Bodie’s parents, Nick and Donna Hodges, set up the charity in memory of their son. Their goal was to raise funds to provide a holiday home for families to use after the death of their child. The group raised the £150,000 needed and Bodie’s Boat House was opened in late-2016.
The charity aims to provide a place for families to rest and rebuild and raise awareness of the benefits of organ donation and the effect it can have on other children and families.
Do your family know whether you would like to be an organ donor? Have you ever talked about organ donation with them? If not, chat to them about it during Organ Donation Week! It makes a difficult situation easier when families have already had a conversation about organ donation.
EverythingBranded.co.uk is raising awareness of Organ Donation Week by distributing information leaflets through our offices as well as providing register forms for any colleagues interested in signing up.
“Without the organ donor, there is no story, no hope, no transplant. But when there is an organ donor, life springs from death, sorrow turns to hope and terrible loss becomes a gift.” -UNOS