Northern Ireland

Belfast Marathon runners urged to become organ donors

Organ donor card
Image caption Marathon runners are being urged to join the Organ Donor Register

Runners in Monday's Belfast Marathon are being asked to sign up as organ donors when they pick up their information packs for the event.

The Public Health Agency has said it has launched the initiative because only one in four adults in Northern Ireland are on the donor register.

It said in Northern Ireland more than 300 people are currently waiting for an organ.

The Marathon Expo at City Hall is running until Sunday 1 May.

Earlier this month, the PHA announced it had teamed up with public sector union Unison to promote a workplace initiative to encourage organ donation.

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