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Wirral man has organ donor card tattooed on arm

Paul Dixon and his organ donor card tattoo Image copyright Wirral hospitals
Image caption Hospital volunteer Paul Dixon has encouraged thousands of people to sign up to the organ donor register

A grandfather who donated a kidney has had his organ donor card tattooed on his arm in a bid to encourage others to commit to giving away organs.

Hospital volunteer Paul Dixon has encouraged more than 6,600 people to sign up to the organ donor register.

The 68-year-old, from Wirral, had the card inked on his arm in a bid to raise further awareness for the cause.

He said: "This is totally out of character for me. I've never had a tattoo before."

A tattoo studio completed the work for free and donated money to the Give a Kidney charity.

Mr Dixon, who volunteers two days a week in the foyer at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, and also at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, continued: "People have noticed it and it starts a conversation.

"I wanted to raise awareness and thought while I'm standing in the foyer people might see the tattoo and stop.

"Organ donation means a lot to me. I can't lose my donor card because it's always there now."

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