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Morgan the GoGoDragon! encourages people to talk about organ donation

A friendly fire-breathing beast with a big heart aims to encourage more people to think about organ donation.

Morgan is one of about 80 GoGoDragons! set to take to the streets of Norwich this summer for a fundraising art trail organised by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art.

Morgan the dragon has been sponsored by the Norfolk and Norwich Organ Donation Committee and has been designed by artist Sophie Green.

The striking black dragon has a big toothy smile and his skeleton and big red heart can be clearly seen.

He is called Morgan because his mission is to encourage people to think about organ donation and discuss the subject with their family and friends, making their views and wishes known.

Marie Garside, specialist nurse in organ donation at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, said “There are currently more than 9,000 people in the UK waiting and hoping for an organ transplant that will save or transform their lives.

“For many of them transplantation is the only hope of survival. Tragically three of these people die every day because the organ that they need does not become available. These deaths could be avoided if more people gave consent for organs to be donated after death”.

“At the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital we give every family the choice to donate when medical circumstances allow. “More than 100 of our patients have been donors over the last 10 years, saving and changing the lives of hundreds of people and their families.”

GoGoDragons! aims to follow in the footsteps of the GoGoGorillas! trail of apes which decorated Norwich throughout summer 2013.

A separate schools trail of baby dragons created by local schoolchildren will also run alongside the GoGoDragons! trail of 80 adult dragon sculptures which will be on display in Norwich this summer.

At the end of the trail the adult dragons will be auctioned to raise funds for children’s charity Break.

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