332 people across Greater Manchester are facing Christmas on the waiting list for an organ transplant.

They join more than 6,000 others across the UK, including over 180 children.

Families in Greater Manchester are being urged to share their organ donation decision this festive season, so that their loved ones know what choice to make when they die.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Christmas is an incredibly busy time of year however, away from the rush and bustle of preparing for the holiday it should also be a time for family and thinking of others.

“We are urging everyone in Greater Manchester to take a moment to think about the people who will spend their Christmas hoping for just one thing; a life saving organ transplant. Would you like to help if you could? If you needed a transplant, would you want someone to donate to you?"

Joining the NHS Organ Donor Register is a quick and easy process and can be done by calling 0300 123 23 23 or visiting their website at www.organdonation.nhs.uk.