When we were just beginning the organization of the Gala Dinner, we all felt strongly that the event should not be ‘marketed’ as a fundraiser, but instead as a celebration and promotion of Organ Donation. It was important to us that people didn’t feel under pressure to give lots of money, only that we got the message out there about how crucial organ donation is. Read More »
Turn An End Into A Beginning
So, the theme of this year’s campaign was ‘Turn an End into a Beginning’. And as it is the end of the week, I wanted to talk about how we can turn the end of this week, into the beginning of something great. Read More »
The Gift Of Life:
Exactly one year ago today, I received my third liver transplant. It was a day of hope, nerves and excitement. Last night at the Live Loudly Gala Dinner, I spoke about how hard it was to make the decision to go ahead with that transplant. It was down to me to choose whether or not I would go ahead, and the possibility of me not doing it, was very real at a time. I knew how difficult it would be to recover from this transplant, mentally and physically. I knew how hard it can be to live with a transplant. But eventually, I signed the consent forms for my third liver transplant. Read More »
Today we are busy planning for our Gala Dinner this evening so this will be a short blog!
I hope you are all looking forward to it! It has been a long time in the works, but finally the day has come and all the last minute planning is coming together. Read More »
To Opt In or To Opt Out…That is the question…
Let me first explain a little bit about what I mean. There are two possible systems that the politicians are trying to decide between, for how people are put onto the Organ Donor Register. The first – the one we currently use – is the opt in. This means that each person decides whether they want to be an organ donor, and then they go and sign the register after deciding. Read More »
Why is the #DonationConversation so important?
People have asked me many times, ‘can’t I just sign the register – and my family will know my wishes when the doctors tell them I was on the register?’ People ask this because they feel so uncomfortable talking about their death, or that of someone close to them. As much as I understand this discomfort, I will always tell people that they absolutely HAVE to talk about it! Read More »
What? A week to celebrate, promote and give thanks to all organ, blood, tissue, bone marrow and stem cell donors. A week dedicated to raising awareness of donations, transplants and the wonderful Gift of Life. Read More »
As National Organ Donation Awareness Week begins tomorrow, (Monday 5th September) we are all busy putting the finishing touches to our Gala Dinner on the 8th (Thursday). We hope you can join us, for what promises to be an amazing night – there will be music from Altagore, wonderful food, exciting raffle prizes, and moving speeches. Read More »