Service for those who gave life

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NHS Tayside’s Organ Donation Committee hosted a memorial service on Thursday to pay tribute to local people who have donated organs.

Around 120 family members and friends of loved ones who have donated organs, transplant recipients, medical and nursing staff, and supporters of organ donation attended the ‘Time to Remember’ service, which is now in its second year.

Lord Provost Bob Duncan was also present at the service held at the University of Dundee’s Chaplaincy Centre in Cross Row.

The event, which was organised by NHS Tayside’s Organ Donation Committee, in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant, recognises the legacy left by organ donors in Tayside over the years.

At the service, led by Chaplain Andrew Bennett of NHS Tayside’s Department of Spiritual Care, readings and reflections were given by co-chairs of the NHS Tayside Organ Donation Committee, Mr Sandy Watson and Dr Stephen Cole, a transplant surgeon.

Ms Lorna Marsden, Susan Hannah of NHS Blood and Transplant and Marie Hebden, whose husband Peter was given a new lease of life thanks to a kidney donor and whose son Nathan’s death helped six other lives through organ donation also spoke.

There was also an Act of Remembrance with a candlelight vigil and placing of roses.

Mr Watson said: “Organ donation can occur as a result of tragic circumstances and this extremely moving service is held in tribute to this very special group and their families.

“Without their generosity, transplants would not be possible.”