Service To Celebrate ‘Gift Of Life’

27th August 2018

A first ever ‘Gift of Life’ service will be held in Jersey next month for Donation Awareness Month.

It will bring together people who have benefited from organ donations, families of donors, surgeons who’ve performed transplants and people on the waiting list.

An opt-out organ donation system was agreed by the States earlier this year, which is expected to come into force in July 2019.

“This is the first service of its kind in Jersey, and it will be a celebration of the gift of life for all those families who have considered donation and a remembrance of those who have made that gift possible.” – Revd Tracy Bromley, Chaplain.

The service will be open to everyone, especially those who have been involved in organ donation.

Jersey Hospital Consultant and father of a recipient of a donated organ, Neil MacLachlan, says the service will be important for so many people.

“The loss of a loved one is always terrible, but if someone else salvages a life that was fast slipping away from them, then this final act of generosity and love from the donor is truly an amazing thing.

“There can be no greater a gift. It seems only right that we reflect and pay respect to those and their families who have both lost love ones or friends and also celebrate the new life of those who have been given a second chance to live.”

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