We are delighted to announce that the Group is celebrating our 25th Anniversary throughout 2023, and we are holding our Celebration Dinner on Saturday 29th April in the Crowne Plaza, Belfast.

We would love you to join us on the night, to meet with old friends and to make new friends in our extended liver family, but more especially to help us celebrate the success of the Group since it was founded in 1998.

Tickets are priced at £10 each for the patient and their carer/partner. We welcome as many additional family and friends as you’d like to bring along with you, with these tickets priced at £25. Individual tables can be reserved for groups of 8 or more.

To secure your tickets, you can either –

1) Post a cheque, made payable to “RVH Liver Support Group”, along with your name and address and the number of tickets you’d like, to Jim Kilpatrick, 7 Edgewater Cove, Donaghadee, BT21 0EG or

2) Send an email to rvhlsg@gmail.com with your name and address and the number of tickets you’d like, and make a payment directly into our bank account for the appropriate amount (our bank details will be provided in your email reply)

We expect demand to be high, and would encourage you to secure your places as early as you can. We look forward to seeing you there.

Whilst the month of January “Love Your Liver” awareness month is now over we thought it helpful to keep this information right here. It details what we can do, as individuals, to help our liver recover and to continue to look after it in the future. Unlike other organs the liver has the properties of self healing but that can only happen if we make every effort to avoid on-going liver injury.

Included here are a few tips to help us on that journey. They are kindly provided by the British Liver Trust and we thank them for bringing this information together in an easy to read and understand way. We have made this easy for you to access and you just need to click on the relevant links below.

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The RVH Liver Support Group has organ donation close to it’s heart for, without it, many patients would not be able to live long and fruitful lives. The charity relies on the huge generosity of others in allowing this to happen. We actively encourage the general public to consider organ donation and to make themselves aware of the many positive stories told by patients who already have been successfully transplanted.  We have provided the opportunity for some of these patients to share their story with you. These personal accounts of their journeys will be of particular significance to those patients are are currently on the transplant waiting list and to their families and loved ones. All of these accounts can be found by clicking  YOUR STORIES

One wee chat could save up to 9 lives. Talk to your loved ones today about being an organ donor #havethechat #organdonation #yesidonate Learn more at: www.organdonationni.info

Letting loved ones know you want to be an organ donor can make it easier for them at a difficult time #havethechat #organdonation #yesidonate Learn more at: www.organdonationni.info

For further general information on organ donations please take some time and visit this website https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/  You are also very welcome to contact any committee member to discuss these possibilities further.

The Group is fully supportive of all forms of organ donation and is actively involved in the current campaign to bring about a change in the legislation in Northern Ireland to bring into law an opt-out system for organ donation.

Organ donation law in Northern Ireland is changing

From Spring of this year, the law around organ donation will change to an opt-out system.  This means, in the event that organ donation is a possibility after you die, it will be considered that you agree to being an organ donor unless you have registered a decision not to donate, or are in an excluded group.

If you do not wish to become an organ donor you will need to opt out on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Organ donation is a personal decision, and you will still have a choice if you wish to donate or not.

Whatever you decide, please remember to talk to loved ones about your decision so they will know what you would have wanted.

When will the law change?

The opt-out law will come into effect in Spring of this year.  This will give everyone time to find out what the law change means, to consider their decision, to record this decision, and to share it with family and friends.

One donor has the potential to save up to 9 lives, and in 2019/20 in Northern Ireland there were 51 deceased donors and 89 life-saving and life transforming transplants from deceased donors for Northern Ireland residents.  However there are still 115 people in Northern Ireland on the waiting list and in 2020, 11 people in Northern Ireland died while awaiting an organ transplant.

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