Friday, 26 February 2010
If this is something you might be interested in, or that you would like to find out more about, please can you email info [at] lltgl.org.uk.
the LLTGL Team
Andrea is a very modest and unassuming young lady who just gets on with things, but hopefully she'll forgive us for bigging her up a bit here! When Andrea was 16 years old, she contracted Meningitis, resulting in her being hospitalised for over nine months, requiring a double amputation of her lower legs and going into kidney failure.
Andrea was placed on the waiting list for a new kidney and got her life-changing call on Christmas day in 2003.
Inspired by the incredible team who cared for her at such a difficult time, Andrea now works as a nurse and somehow finds time to do lots and lots for LLTGL.
Andrea is our liaison for the Welsh campaigns we work along side, such as Donate Wales. She is a regular in the Welsh press and initiated our campaign encouraging people to contact their local cinema's and ask them to stock Organ Donation leaflets whilst the film My Sister's Keeper was showing. Andrea was also responsible for us being featured on the Vodaphone advert when she sat on top of a giant charity tin declaring that she would give donate her time to LLTGL!
Andrea is a bit of an adrenaline junkie and jumped at the chance to abseil down the lighthouse with Holly and team to raise around £3000 for us.
Andrea and Holly at the Abseil; one noticably more relaxed than the other!
You can find out more about Andrea on her biog page here. We're extremely grateful to have Andrea, her creativity and her drive on board so thank you Andrea and keep up the fab work!
Thursday, 18 February 2010
Our fabvocate, Louise Lawrence, organised an amazing Cake Bake in Thornton Heath. She had everything covered from organising local press, weeks of flyering, interviews and not to mention baking over 100 cupcakes! Take a look at her blog for more info on what she got up to.
You can see more of these amazing pics on our facebook group
Send us your stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can update everyone here on your success - plus, we want to share your pics and give some more inspiration for next year!
Also, don't forget to send in donations you raised at your events. The easiest way to do so is through our justgiving page
Thanks so much to everyone for making it another Great Valentine Cake Bake! Already looking forward to the cakes next year!!
Saturday, 13 February 2010
Here at LLTGL we've always known that our biggest strength is the fact that so many people from the Transplant community get involved in what we do. When trying to educate people as to the importance of Organ Donation, there is nothing stronger than a real life story, and that is why we are so thrilled to welcome Rachael Wakefield (Rachy) and Victoria Tremlett (Tor) on board as Patient Ambassadors for LLTGL.
Tor and Rachy have a lot in common. Both are 22 years old, both very intelligent and very beautiful, and both waiting for a life-saving double lung transplant. With only 50% of those waiting for lungs receiving them in time, Tor and Rachy are faced with the terrible fact that statistically, one of them will die.
Both girls have already used their stories to raise awareness but have now decided to team up to become patient ambassadors for us and to open up the story of their wait, in the hope that it will motivate those who hear it to sign the Organ Donor Register.
The girls will be keeping a joint blog here but you can read their own personal blogs here (Tor's) and here (Rachy's).
We are indescribably grateful to both girls for agreeing to share their wait for transplant, in the hope of raising awareness and helping all those waiting for transplants in the UK.
Friday, 12 February 2010
Lou speaking out about her transplant journey and her gratitude despite her complications.
Monday, 8 February 2010
Nehal (or Nelly as she is known) appears to be ver quiet and very shy when you first meet her. However appearances can be extremely deceiving! Nelly lives in Stanmore and is one of our London Advocates. Originally from Kenya, Nelly was diagnosed with End Stage Renal Failure in 2002 and spent 8 long months in hospital from 2002 - 2003.
Nelly at ICAP's Charity day 2009
More about Nelly can be found on her advocate biog page. Well done for all your fantastic work and support Nelly and thank you for everything that you do.
Sunday, 7 February 2010
This is something many of our advocates are very good at - take a look at Holly's blog about her latest talk at Arrowe Park Hospital by clicking here.
Are you interested in helping us spread the word by giving talks and sharing your story that way? If you think you might be able to help, please get in touch via the website as we have some more speaking-related developments coming very soon....
Watch this space!
Saturday, 6 February 2010
Friday, 5 February 2010
Last year we ran our first ever Great Valentines Cake Bake and it was such a success, we're doing it all over again! So how does it work?
Simple! We ask you to use this Valentines Day to help us help them with a holding a red-themed cake sale! By selling your baked goodies in aid of LLTGL you can help us help the thousands of people out there desperately waiting for a transplant that could save their lives.
Maybe you could hold one at work on the Friday, invite friends round to bring and buy on the Saturday, or at a Church group on the Sunday.... there are dozens of possibilities!
We loved seeing your photos from last years events around the country, so make sure you send us some to look at again this year!Newham London Run, which is taking place on 7th March?! Entry closes on 14th February so if you are interested, check out the website!
Thanks to all of you who work so hard to raise funds for us; we can only do what we do because of your generosity and support. Don't forget to drop us a line telling us about your Fundraising efforts so we can big you up on here!