From Keighley News, August 26th, 2019
Written by Alistair Shand
A SEMINAR is being staged in Keighley to debate changes to the law over organ donation. From the spring of next year, all adults in England will be considered a potential organ donor when they die unless they've chosen to opt out – although the deceased's family will still have the final say. The seminar – at Keighley Civic Centre on Friday, September 6, from 10am to noon – is being organised by MP John Grogan, in partnership with the town council, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the charity Kidney Care UK.
Town mayor Councillor Peter Corkindale will open the event, and there will be speakers – including donors' families and health professionals – workshops and discussions.
Mr Grogan said he was inspired to organise the event after several meetings with Oakworth couple Martin and Sally Walker, whose daughter Claire McKeown was killed by a drunk driver in 2011.
Following her death, Claire's donated organs saved the lives of at least four people.
Mr Grogan said: "Her parents have campaigned since then to change the law to an 'opt out' system of organ donation, rather than the current 'opt in' situation, in the hope of increasing numbers of donors across all communities. They told me three people die each day for want of a transplant, and they are seeking to improve the position."
Anyone is welcome to attend the event.
Attendance is free, and refreshments will be provided.