Cherry Tree artwork unveiled to commemorate organ donors - Simon Hughes

Cherry Tree artwork unveiled to commemorate organ donors


On Saturday, April 5, I attended the unveiling of The Cherry Tree at Guy's Hospital in order to remember all those who have donated organs.

It was a privilege to be at this important and moving event to unveil new art by Ted Harrison - celebrating his 25 years as a successful kidney transplant patient of Guy's. There were also moving contributions from Alan Titchmarsh OBE and Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury to mark the occasion.
The Cherry Tree artwork is an appropriate symbol for the new life which organ transplants can give to those who otherwise would lose their lives or suffer a really poor quality of life. 
As one who has worked with and represented Guy's for many years I pay tribute to Geoff Koffman, the world class team of consultants, doctors, nurses and other staff who are saving more and more lives every year.
But Saturday's ceremony should not just be a celebration of the past. Organ donors are still needed in ever greater numbers for people in our borough and across the country. Earlier this year I registered as an organ donor and I hope many others will feel able to do the same.