Staff, family and friends gathered at Northwick Park Hospital today to unveil artwork in honour of organ donors who gave the gift of life.
The Trust’s Organ Donation Committee sourced local artists to come up with ideas for artwork, based on the “Tree of Life” to recognise all individuals who have donated their organs within the Trust so that others may live.
In the UK from April 2016 to March 2017, 1403 people donated organs. At London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, 11 donors gave a lifesaving gift. They donated organs that potentially saved the lives of 20 other people.
Bobbee Cotter, Specialist Nurse - Organ Donation and Rebecca Patel, Transfusion Practitioner organised the unveiling today, and said: “People who choose to donate their organs and the families that support this difficult decision deserve to be honoured. The artwork, which will hang in the main corridor in Northwick Park Hospital, can be enjoyed by patients and visitors alike and we hope it will inspire more people to consider becoming organ donors.”
Artists Angi de Ankerberg Wagner and Jyoti Rajyaguru said: “Enabling people to live through the unselfish act of organ donation really motivated us to get involved in this project. Our inspiration and concept of the “Tree of Life” derived from seeing the tree as a body, the henna designs as the flow of a life force, and the butterflies as the transformation of people’s lives when they receive a donor organ. We hope it brings joy to those who see it.”