Newcastle Heart Unit with Beatrix urges Freeman Hospital builders to wear pink for Organ Donation Week

After seeing a lovely message from heart transplant patient Beatrix Adamson-Archbold, construction staff working at Freeman Hospital donned pink shirts for the week to encourage organ donation.

Beatrix – and many others – are expecting a heart donor at the hospital’s children’s cardiology unit, and during her time in the unit she has made a real impression on those who work there. She is charmed by the cleaners, who have even let her play helping them on their shifts – and her latest converts are the staff of the Robertson contractors.

Now, for Organ Donation Week, the workers who see it every day are leading co-workers across the country in wearing pink to raise awareness of how a donor organ would save the life of a critically ill child. like Beatrix of Burnopfield.

Read more: Every day it gets harder’ – Parents of Freeman Hospital Cardiac Unit patients plead for families to consider organ donation

It comes after Beatrix’s Twitter account – run by her family – directly messaged the contractor saying: “Just wanted to let you know how good your crews at the Freeman are. We see them daily next to heart unit, always polite, friendly and always smiling. …and they seem to be making rapid progress!”

Organ Donor Week runs from September 26 to October 6 and its aim is to highlight that more than 10,000 people are currently waiting for a vital organ. For many in situations like Beatrix, this – heartbreaking – can only happen if tragedy strikes another family. In the past, Beatrix’s parents, Cheryl Adamson and Terry Archbold, shared how they urge families experiencing loss to consider organ donation.



Baby Beatrix Adamson-Archbold in the grounds of Freeman Hospital

Terry added: “In the months we have been at the Freeman Hospital with Bea, we have seen Robertson’s team on a daily basis. They are always cheerful, friendly and have made a real effort to put a smile on the Bea’s face every time she sees them. .

“These little touches mean a lot and it’s lovely to see Bea wave to the crew through the window and see their responses. We are deeply touched by Robertson’s efforts to help educate all children and adults about organ donation. .in the meantime, these efforts could genuinely trigger a seed of saving thought.”

Beatrix, who will soon be 2 years old, has been hospitalized since May. This summer, the family – along with others awaiting transplants at the Children’s Cardiology Unit – joined a call for families to consider how organ donation is a saving gesture.

Robertson Group Chief Executive, Elliot Robertson, said: “Comments such as those made by Beatrix and her family about our team are greatly appreciated. We decided to support Organ Donation Week to say thank you for taking the time to recognize our teams and the work they do. , and to help Beatrix and her family raise awareness about organ donation.

“The best way for us to do this was to ‘go pink’ for the week with our employees across our NHS contracts in specially marked high visibility pink vests. One of the key things for us as a business is to leave a positive impact in the communities and areas where we work, we hope having our ‘Go Pink’ teams will help raise awareness and show Beatrix how much those kind words meant.”

This means that during the week, contractors from sites such as Freeman, Alnwick Infirmary, Wansbeck Hospital and RVI will all be bright pink this week. Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ and Tissue Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “It’s great to see the Robertson team showing their support for Organ Donation Week.

“The modern organ donor card is pink and showing support in this way at their worksites is sure to spark conversations. We need people across the country to not only tell their families about organ donation, but register their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register could mean the difference between life and death for up to nine people waiting.

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