Fans asked to back 'Save a Life'

Fans are being urged to sign up and help save a life.

Right now more than 9,000 people in the UK need an organ transplant that could save or dramatically improve their lives. Last year, nearly 500 people died while waiting for a transplant because no suitable organ was available. As a result, the NHS Organ Donor Register is urging people to help give others the chance for a new life.

West Ham United and England midfielder Kieron Dyer is among those backing the cause. "I fully believe in organ donation and support the NHS campaign to get more people to sign the register," he said. "When you hear how many people's lives could have been saved if there were more people signed up it is quite shocking. It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form and you could be making the world of difference."

Since last month, as part of the My life, My gift campaign, all 3.1m households in London's 33 boroughs have been receiving a leaflet containing facts about organ donation and transplantation as well as a simple freepost form to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. To date, more than 14.7m people have joined the register, representing 24 per cent of the UK population. Thousands of lives are saved every year through organ donation and you can make a lifetime of difference to someone else in the future.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, or for more information about how you can help give the gift of life, click here or call 0845 60 60 400.