Adeyfield School sixth formers join the Gazette’s Organ Donor Register campaign

Issie Leigh, 18, and Sarah Greenway, 16, helped with the Gazette's Organ Donor Register drive in Marlowes Shopping Centre.

Issie Leigh, 18, and Sarah Greenway, 16, helped with the Gazette's Organ Donor Register drive in Marlowes Shopping Centre.

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Sixth formers from Adeyfield School have jumped on board to back the Gazette’s Organ Donor Register campaign.

Seven eager volunteers from the school in Longlands, Hemel Hempstead, turned out on one of the hottest days of the year to promote the life saving scheme.

Samantha Walpole, Sam Robb, Steph Hendley, Issie Leigh, Sarah Greenway, Katie Deller and Fern Buckingham, gave their time on Saturday to hand out leaflets in and around the Marlowes Shopping Centre.

They were backing a Gazette team urging people to think about and sign up to the Organ Donor Register.

There are thousands of people waiting for organs and by being on the register just one person can save the lives of up to nine people should the worst happen to them.

Mum Maura Gillespie, of Potten End, told the Gazette she is already signed up along with her whole family including children Zak, five, and Zara, four.

She said: “It gives other people a chance to benefit from organs if someone tragic happens to you or your loved ones.

“Nobody wants to think about the worst happening but it is better to sign up and discuss it with your family now when everyone is fit and well so they know your views should anything happen.”

Lynne Hanson of Polehanger Lane signed up on the day at the Gazette’s information stall. She also encouraged sons Charlie Hanson, 13, and Anton Emery, 11, to follow suit, as there is no age restriction to being on the register.

Lynne said: “I have had a history of my dad, stepdad and husband all dying or nearly dying of heart attacks. If you would accept an organ you should be prepared to donate one, too.”

Charlie and Anton, among the youngest people to sign up on the day, said they wanted to do it to help others.

Alison Allard, director of nursing at the Hospice of St Francis, was already on the register but came along with her husband John, who wanted to sign up. John said: “It is very important to sign up, it could save someone else’s life.”