A BARNSLEY priest whose life was saved through donated blood is calling on church congregations to consider becoming donors or registering as organ donors.

Members of the General Synod - the highest governing body of the Church of England - voted to approve a motion put by the Rev Paul Cartwright, a former police officer, calling on all 16,000 of its churches to encourage their congregations to increase the number of blood and organ donors in the UK.

Fr Paul, who is priest at at St Peter’s church, Brinckman Street, Barnsley, told the General Synod of how he had seen lives transformed by organ donation while working as a police family liaison officer supporting families of those seriously injured or killed in road collisions.

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