Image courtesy of www.giftsoflife.co.uk
Friday, 29 May 2009
Image courtesy of www.giftsoflife.co.uk
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Over the last 12 months there has been an 8% increase in the number of transplants carried out in the UK. Figures also show:
- An 11% increase in the number of deceased organ donors across the UK last year, rising from 809 in 2007-08 to 900 in 2008-09
- And a 7% increase in the number of people joining the Organ Donor Register during 2008-09, rising from 15.14 million to 16.12 million by the end of March 2009
This is all rather fab news, topped with the also v important news that the gradual 5 year decline in attracting new blood donors has been halted.
This is a fantastic step in the right direction, however we still have big problems. Only 26% of the population is signed up to the Organ Donor Register; we remain one of the worst countries in Europe. The number of people in need of a transplant is growing higher than ever, and including people who are currently suspended from the active list is now topping an eye-popping 10,000.
But to know we are moving in the right direction is a positive and motivating thing indeed, and just reminds all of us at LLTGL how important raising awareness is. Keep on spreading the word folks; together we can make a difference.
Friday, 22 May 2009
Depart from Croydon early in the morning and head SE via Tonbridge and through Kent to Dover to catch the ferry to Calais.
Day2:Calais - Arras.
The route travels through the French countryside starting off fairly flat but getting more undulating as the riders head South to Arras.
Day 3:Arras - Compiegne.
The riders travel through more quiet French villages and small towns towards the more forested region around Compiegne, which lies on the banks of the river Oise.
Day 4:Compiegne - Paris.
Travel SW through small villages and woodland to the outskirts of Paris. The traffic will get busier but we cycle through the Parisian streets, around the Arc de Triumph to the finish point directly beneath the Eiffel Tower.
Day 5:Paris - London.
A free day to explore Paris before taking the evening Eurostar back to London.
Richard has started his training and although he has been getting fitter he has a long way to go yet, so if you want to show him some support you can join the facebook group or send some pennies his way via his fundraising page!
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
badges. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about organ donation and encourage people to join the Organ Donor Register. It’s also a great way to get involved, meet people and have fun. All this while working to promote organ donation and raise much needed funds for the Donor Family Network. Posters, flyers, details and lots more available to download on the website or by contacting them
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
Ethan Collins spent his whole life in hospital whilst awaiting a liver and small bowel transplant, but sadly passed away following post transplant complications on 1st May 2009, aged 16 months.
Despite this being a very sad time for the Collins family, they were determined that their fundraisers would go ahead in dedication to their little boy's determination. We were hugely humbled by their courage and Emily, Oli, Volunteer Lizzie Hutchinson and North West Advocate Holly Shaw represented LLTGL by attending the day.
Ethan's dad Stu and 6 others took part in the Bupa Great Run, with family and friends cheering them on. Despite the rain kicking in, all team members completed the race and have so far raised an impressive £2,656 in sponsorship.
That evening, hundreds of people gathered at Hardy Hall in Bolton for an evening of fundraising which included a raffle, an auction, and betting on virtual horse races. The spirit in the room was just incredible; it was one of warmth and support and positivity; everyone was just determined to raise lots of money and to support the family.
Early on in the evening, balloons were released with messages written to Ethan, and everyone assembled outside to let them go and watch them disappear up into the sky.
Team Ethan and their activities have so far raised almost £6,000. An incredible achievement at the best of times, but considering what a terribly sad time they have had recently, we are beyond humbled at their efforts.
All of us at LLTGL feel priviledged to be associated with little Ethan and his wonderful family. We were never lucky enough to meet Ethan, but having met so many of his loved ones this weekend, it is quite clear where his fighting spirit, happiness and sheer strength came from. An incredible weekend, and a huge inspiration.
There's still time to show your support: www.justgiving.com/ethancollins.
Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Big shout out and thank you to Emily King who ran the Great West Run for LLTGL on Sunday 3rd May. Emily was running in memory of her friend Rach and her cousin Millie.
She completed the 13.1 mile course in 2hrs 20, and says that this was slower than she wanted, however we know that Emily has overcome incredible difficulties to get this far and think she has done absolutely fantastically even think about doing this challenge! Well done to her fellow runners Chrissy and Sarah as well. So far Emily has raised an impressive £368! You can support Emily by sponsoring her here or joining her facebook group.
Not quite content with this fantastic feat, Emily has arranged a charity football tournament to boost her fundraising total even higher. The ladies medic football tournament will take place on Saturday 16th in Truro. We'll be thinking of you ladies and hoping for good weather!
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
We are incredibly over-excited that Holly is mentioned in the listings for the Radio Times!
Thursday 14 May
11:30am - 12:00pm
We can't thank Holly enough for being such an inspiration to us all at LLTGL as well as giving hope to the thousands of people still waiting for their gift of life.
Saturday, 9 May 2009
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Sarah is teaming up with the equally wonderful Holly Cocker, another photographer who recieved her gift of a kidney from best friend Oli. Holly was diagnosed with ESRF (end stage renal failure) in 2003, and waited five long years on the transplant list for a new kidney before Oli came forward and in a pure act of selflessness donated his kidney to her in October 2008. In recognition of the way in which Oli's gift has changed her life Holly will also be doing a series of portraits of live donors and their recepients to capture the extraordinary relationship and strong bond that exists between them.
We are extremely proud to be a part of this exhibition, which will be used to raise awareness of organ donation. Both Holly and Sarah's photos will be exhibited at the Menier Chocolate Factory Gallery from the 14th - 19th December, with exciting plans for more exhibitions across the country.
Both Holly and Sarah would love to hear from anyone who can help them with this project, especially
- Volunteers who have had a transplant, or anyone who is waiting for a transplant, and are willing to be photographed
- Suggestions and help in promoting the project far and wide
- Volunteers to organize an exhibition in their area or can help out with the project in other ways (for example, help with printing, framing, PR)
- Help with fundraising and sponsorship to cover costs
- Any other suggestions you might have, for example venues that might be suitable to exhibit the photos.
We can't wait to see the results!