On Tuesday 6 September 2016, as part of FYF’s campaign to raise awareness of the huge lack of organ, limb and tissue donors in the UK, this image of Cor was projected on to buildings across London. We hope that in doing this, we’ve done our little bit to persuade people to say #yesidonate, to sign up and ultimately save and change lives. We’d like to thank artist James Zooz Body Painting and photographers John Linton and Drew Farrell for helping us create this stunning campaign.
To coincide with Organ Donation Week that year, Cor campaigned to raise awareness of the lack of donors, and released images of herself baring all; her body having been painted with organs and tissue that are deemed transplantable, in a bid to encourage people to commit to organ, tissue and limb donation.
On Jan 7th 2019 Cor got the call she had been waiting for and was amazed and delighted to be told she’d be receiving a double hand transplant herself. This call came after being on the waiting list for over five years and she believes a lack of awareness of, and support for, organ, tissue and limb donation is impacting lives on a daily basis.
At present, limb donation requires specific agreement either from the donor during their lifetime or from next of kin after death. There are currently around 6,000 people on the UK Transplant Waiting List. Last year over 400 people died while waiting for a transplant. The NHS Organ Donor Register and National Transplant Register, which fairly matches donors to people who are waiting for a transplant, were able to facilitate more transplants in 2017/18 than ever before, thanks to amazing donors. This is fantastic, but there is still a lot more to do. (Source: NHSBT 2019).
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register click here or call 0300 123 2323.
Here is a video of the projection on to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.