First, following an exceptional tenure as chair of LLTGL, Emma Harris has sadly stepped down as our leader. Emma started off the LLTGL campaign all the way back in 2006 along with Emily, who at the time was in desperate need of a lung transplant. Emma has presided over the growth of our charity from these humble beginnings, and went on to spearhead both our recognition as an offical charity in March 2008 and our fabulous win at the Charity Times Awards in September that same year. We are really sad to lose her guiding light, but are over the moon that she'll be staying on as a trustee of the charity.
Taking over the reins is the rather smashing Oli Lewington, who came on board the Live Life Then Give Life campaign in 2007 as the production manager of our sell-out comedy show Laughter for Life with Bill Bailey and Dara O'Briain, depsite being on 24-hour oxygen and listed for a double-lung transplant. We at LLTGL are excited to have Oli's leadership as we know that he'll continue to lead the charity onwards and upwards in its quest to help save and improve the lives of all those waiting for or lucky enough to have received a transplant.
As well as all these changes, we are also quite excited to announce that we have two new trustees joining us following the departure of original trustees Hal and Anders, who joined LLTGL along with Jen in summer 2007 and helped drive the campaign towards charity recognition and beyond.
Taking up the LLTGL challenge are Matt Coyne, marketing guru and close friend of Robyn (who was the inspiration behind Robyn's Rainbows) and Hannah 'Pops' Barham who spearheaded the "My Friend Oli" campaign at Durham University along with chancellor Bill Bryson. We feel special to have them both on board and think they'll help take our charity in lots of new and exciting directions