Friday, 29 January 2010

Our utterly amazing Advocates.

We mention the advocates now and then but we've decided it's about time we dedicated some serious blogging to our awesome team.

The advocates are based around the UK and work incredibly hard to promote both LLTGL and Organ Donation in general. Let's start in the South East and introduce you to Lisa...

Lisa is our Advocate for the South East. Her smiley photo sums up her personality although it cannot depict what a chatterbox she is! Lisa is a double lung transplant recipient and endured a nervewracking 6 false alarms before her 7th call went ahead.

Lisa is a fantastic speaker and takes up every opportunity she can to give a talk about how her life has been transformed by her transplant, and about her work with LLTGL.

Here recent talk at Chipstead Golf Club has resulted in the Golf Club selecting LLTGL as their chosen charity for the year. The Lady Captain's daughter is undertaking a 10k fun-run to contribute towards this fantastic fundraising effort and you can sponsor her here.

Lisa also makes and sells her own greetings cards and continues to raise funds for LLTGL by doing so. Confident at giving interviews and appearing in the Media, her most recent articles include one for Yours Magazine, encouraging older women to consider signing the Organ Donor Register, and her local paper where she was pictured sitting on Father Christmas' lap!
Lisa selling her greetings cards at a local fete.

You can read more about Lisa on her biography page here. Lisa - we're so proud to have you as part of the team; well done and thank you for all that you do.

Look out for our next advocate blog, coming soon!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Our Jess.

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the death of Jessica Wales only weeks after receiving the double lung transplant that she had waited for over four years to receive.

During this period, she showed great courage and determination, inspiring people across the country through her relentless campaigning and upbeat attitude. Jess was not only a valued Live Life then Give Life Advocate but also a great friend to many and we offer her family our sincere condolences at this sad time.

We will continue to campaign for all those who wait for an organ transplant and, whilst not every outcome will be what we would wish, we hope that one day all those who need a transplant will get it when they are fittest and it is most likely to have a good long-term outcome.

We will be releasing an official statement in due course and request that the privacy of Jess’s family is respected at this time.