Thanksgiving service honours body donors

lit memorial candles

Every year, a large number of generous and public-spirited individuals donate their bodies to the University so that we can continue to provide high quality teaching, training and research to our students and healthcare professionals.

This week the Human Anatomy Resource Centre (HARC) hosted a Service of Thanksgiving dedicated to all those who have donated their bodies over the last three years. Staff and students gathered together with friends and families of the donors at the Metropolitan Cathedral’s Crypt Hall on Wednesday 24 October.

During the poignant service, the names of the 132 donors were read out and a candle lit in each of their memories. Personal reflections and tributes were also given by staff and former students from HARC.

Speaking at the event Dr Nathan Jeffery, Director of HARC, said: “More than 1000 students pass through our doors each year, including future doctors, dentists and scientists, to learn about anatomy and develop skills needed for their chosen careers. All this, and more, is only made possible by our donors and we feel an intense pride and gratitude for the ultimate and wonderful gift they have given.”

Bequeathal Officer Claire Crumbleholme added: “There is no typical body donor, but what they do all have in common is that they are incredibly brave and generous individuals who we owe a great debt to. The thanksgiving service is a way for us to show how grateful we are to our donors and their families who chose to make such a remarkable gift to society.”

Learn more about the Human Anatomy Resource Centre and body donation here.

One thought on “Thanksgiving service honours body donors

  1. Lynne Jones

    it was a beautiful service and Claire (Crumbleholme) did a fabulous job in organising everything. The feedback from the donor families has been extremely positive so far. A big thank you to everyone who helped make this day special for those attending.

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