Borderers urged to join donor scheme

HOLYROOD is backing a drive to get more people, including Borderers, to join the NHS Donor Register.

Two million Scottish residents have already signed – that’s 41 per cent of those who can – which is way ahead of the UK average of 32 per cent.

There are 600 on Scotland’s donor waiting list and health chiefs are keen for more people to agree to make vital organs available after their death.

Most of those on the waiting list require a kidney transplant.

Lisa Hertwig, 23, from Alloa, requires a double lung transplant.

She said: “A lot of people fear death, so won’t discuss organ donation. A dinner table conversation about what you want to happen when you die isn’t easy, but it could make a huge difference to someone who is waiting.”

A Scottish Government spokesman added: “If you believe in organ donation, then shout about it.”