Volunteers from North Devon Humanists are hoping to encourage more people to consider organ donation next month. They will be conducting a survey at the North Devon Show on Wednesday August 6 into attitudes towards organ donation and transplantation. Ri

Volunteers from North Devon Humanists are hoping to encourage more people to consider organ donation next month. They will be conducting a survey at the North Devon Show on Wednesday August 6 into attitudes towards organ donation and transplantation. Right now more than 9,000 people are waiting for a life-saving or life-enhancing organ transplant. Every year about 1,000 people die, still waiting. The rest live on under constant pain, or at best with severe limitations to their freedom, until a suitable organ can be found. Around 3,000 each year strike lucky and their lives are transformed as a result. Just over 25 per cent of UK residents have joined the NHS Organ Donor Register, which means that in the event of their death, their organs may be used to help others. But to bring hope to the thousands of people waiting for a transplant, more people are needed to give the gift of life. This survey will explore why more organ donors do not come forward. Keith Denby, spokesperson for the North Devon Humanists said: "More importantly, however, the North Devon Humanists hope to register another 50 people onto the organ donor scheme at the show. Please see us on stand N-08 near to Belle Vue Ring. Come along, give your heart!" Humanist meetings take place on the first Wednesday of every month. After the show there will be a social evening - an informal drink at the Cedars pub near Barnstaple on 6 August. In September our normal meetings will resume in the annexe to Fremington Parish Hall in Higher Road, Fremington, EX31 3BG. For information about membership or meetings contact Ros Toman on 01237 431094 or toman4433@googlemail.com.Keith Denby said, "We seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves. Humanism is a non-religious ethics-based philosophy founded on reason, compassion, individual human responsibility and the Golden Rule. Humanism is the conviction that we can all lead good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs.