Transplant charity, Live Life Then Give Life, and NHS Blood and Transplant led a group of amateur singers in a flashmob at Spitalfields market to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and drive sign-ups to the Organ Donor Register during Transplant Week (4-10 July).

With songs chosen to reflect this year's theme of waiting, visitors to the market on Sunday morning found themselves in the middle of a Glee-style mash-up of Gwen Stefani's "What you Waiting for", Boy Meets Girl's "Waiting for a Star to Fall", and Journey's "Don't Stop Believing".

This year's "What Are You Waiting For" campaign from NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is encouraging people to think about the 7,500 people currently waiting for an organ across the UK. Emily Thackray, Chair of Live Life Then Give Life, who spent two years on the waiting list for a double lung transplant, before finally receiving the transplant she desperately needed in January 2007 and has since campaigned passionately for organ donation, said:

"Waiting is something everyone is familiar with - pop stars sing about it, most of us spend chunks of our day waiting for something - but nothing compares to the emotional roller coaster of waiting for a life-saving organ.

I'm one of the lucky ones and my wait for new lungs is over, but 1000 people a year die because the wait is just too long. For Transplant Week this year, we want to make people think about that wait and take action by signing up to the Organ Donor Register".

Source:
NHS Blood and Transplant

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