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Huddersfield hat-trick for 'Give and Let Live'

24 September 2013

For the third successive season, Huddersfield Town is using one of its high-profile fixtures to promote the importance of organ donation.

Following on from the success of the previous two organ donation drives at home games against Oldham Athletic and Bolton Wanderers, the Club will use its televised home fixture against Blackpool on Friday 27th September to encourage supporters to sign up to the organ donation register.

As per previous seasons, the Organ Donation and Transplantation team will be at the John Smith's Stadium to provide information and discuss the importance of signing up to the donation register. If you are going to the game you are encouraged to pick up some information and find out if organ donation is for you. Those not going to the game can register your interest now - just text SAVE to 62323 for more information.

The team has two honeycomb-shaped memorials for patients who have become donors in the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary entrance and close to A&E at Calderdale Royal Hospital. There are currently more than 10,000 people across the UK who need an organ transplant. On average, three people a day die before they get a transplant simply because there are not enough organs available.

For the first time, the Blood Service will also join the 'Give and Let Live' campaign. Although you cannot give blood on match day, you can sign up and register your interest with their team on the evening too.

Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle encouraged fans to back the campaign: "Supporting the Organ Donation drive is very important as it can make a massive difference to the people directly affected. As a man with a family I would ask everyone to think about how it could affect you and the people you love and I would urge everyone that can to register their interest.

"Over the weekend of our initial 'Give and Let Live' fixture against Oldham, 9,000 people signed up to the Organ Donation register. Although we cannot attribute every one of those to our campaign, I certainly believe we made a difference and I hope we can do the same again this season."

Over the next week, Huddersfield Town will be announcing more news about the campaign, including some of the guests they will host at the 'Give and Let Live' game that have been directly affected by Organ and Stem Cell Donation, such as Dave Horsfall, Mark and James Brown, Sophie Edwards and several members of the Town squad.

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