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Design a poster to inspire more to join organ donation register

September 12, 2017

Budding local artists and designers are being invited to create a poster for Sherwood Forest Hospitals, which encourages people to sign the organ donation register.

For inspiration they can base their work on Sherwood Forest Hospital’s local campaign theme – 'Give and let Live'.

The competition is being run as part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s organ donation campaign, which was launced during national organ donation week (4 - 10 September).

Dr Sandeep Dhir said: “We are suggesting the theme – 'Give and let live' to inspire entrants but we are open to all ideas.

“As well as encouraging more people to sign the organ donation register we are urging them to talk about their decision with relatives, who will have the final say if a transplant is to go ahead.

“Often next of kin decide not to allow transplants to go ahead because they haven’t understood their loved one’s wishes properly.”

Last year, the campaign poster competition was won by John Smith, who works as a Hospital Porter at King’s Mill.

The poster competition is open to anyone aged 11 and over living, working or attending school or colleges in the NG15 to NG25 postcode areas. Judging will be split into two categories, 11 to 17 inclusive and 18 and over.

The closing date for entries is 3 November 2017. 

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Joining the organ donation register

Joining the NHS Blood and Transplant Service’s Organ Donation Register is simple. Visit and fill out your details. You can also register at the same time as you apply to the DVLA for a driving licence. Or you can telephone 0300 123 23 23.

The website has frequently asked questions and a myth-busting section to help explain exactly what joining the register means.

It also encourages people to talk to their relatives about their decision and how they can support your decision in the event of your death. 


Poster guidelines

1. The competition is open for everyone. The posters will be judged in two categories – 11 to 17 inclusive and 18 and over. The competition is free to enter.

2. Submission of entries must be on standard A4 size paper.

3. There are no restrictions on the type of medium used to create the posters. You may draw, paint, make a collage, use digital tools or photographic images.

4. All posters for submission should be sent to Poster Competition, Communications Department, Trust HQ, King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JL.

5. All digitally created posters to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in addition to being posted as hard copy to be printed in A4 size. Please mark the email Organ Donation Poster Competition.

6. Entries must be the original work of the artist.

7. All submissions will be assessed on their overall aesthetics, but will also take into consideration the following aspects: caption, creativity, presentation and design.

8. There is no restriction on the number of submissions by any artist.

9. Each submission should have information about the artist attached or included on the back of the poster. This should include:

  • Full name of the artist, contact phone number and age of the artist (or their parent/guardian).
  • E-mail ID of the artist (or their parent/guardian) if less than 16 years of age.

10. The last date for entries is 3 November 2017. The Trust will not be responsible for any loss or delays.

11. The decision of the judges will be final.

12. All eligible entries shall become the property of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust once submitted. The copyright for these posters will be with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust once submitted. These posters may be used in any form to support organ donation activities and charitable work.

13. The winners of the competition will be contacted individually.

14. Prizes for the winning entries will be awarded. The prize winners will be invited to receive their prizes in person at King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 4JL.