Life-saving tour visits Loanhead store

The national organ donation tour is to visit the IKEA store at Straiton
The national organ donation tour is to visit the IKEA store at Straiton

Shoppers at a Loanhead store are being encouraged to stop and have a chat about the importance of organ donation.

This weekend, November 23 and 24, the national organ donation tour will be offering IKEA shoppers a free tea bag when they visit the living rooms department.

The aim is customers will stop and have a chat over a cuppa about organ donation. The tour returns the following weekend, on November 30 and December 1.

With 600 people in Scotland waiting for a life-saving transplant, the tour will highlight how saying the seven words ‘I want to be an organ donor’ could save up to seven lives, and staff will be on hand to sign people up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Statistics show that over the past five years, almost two thirds (62 per cent) of organ donors in Scotland were not on the NHS Organ Donor Register at the time of their death, highlighting why its important to consider your organ donor wishes and talk them through with loved ones.

Marie Renwick from IKEA Edinburgh, said: “We’re really excited to be working alongside Organ Donation Scotland on the upcoming leg of the nationwide tour. It’s a truly fantastic initiative that is close to many people’s hearts, both those working at IKEA and Scotland as whole.”

Professor John Forsythe, Scotland’s Lead Clinician for Organ Donation and Transplantation, added: “Organ donation means a tragedy has occurred but something positive can come out of that tragedy.

“Transplant is immensely successful. People who are very close to death can be transformed within a matter of a few weeks, and, for example one year after a liver or kidney transplant, 90 per cent of people will be alive and well.

“Therefore I would urge people to consider what they would want to do in terms of organ donation and discuss their decision and wishes with their family. That decision, and more importantly that discussion, could one day allow another person to live.”

For further information about the NHS Organ Donor Register go to