More people are helping to save lives through organ donation, new figures have revealed.
Seven people in Northumberland became life-saving deceased organ donors over the last year as the UK reached its highest number of donors.
NHS Blood and Transplant released the figures to mark the publication of its annual Transplant Activity Report.
Despite the number of donors in the county increasing over the last decade, there is still a national shortage, and 27 people from Northumberland are on the transplant waiting list.
Sally Johnson, director of organ donation and transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “We’re incredibly grateful to all the families in Northumberland who have chosen to say ‘yes’ to organ donation. Organ donation is the only hope for many desperately ill people.
“We know many families feel a sense of pride and comfort from their decision to save lives through organ donation.”
Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier.
Ms Johnson added: “We need more people aged over 50 in Northumberland to support donation.
“People in older age groups can still save and transform lives through organ and tissue donation. Many more lives could be saved by telling their families they want to donate.”
For more information or to join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk