In December 2011 my mum had a liver transplant. I can never, ever put into words how grateful we all are to the donor, to their family and for their gift.
Until you or someone you love needs a new organ you can’t really understand how deeply personal and life altering the decision to donate is, that choice, changes peoples lives. It’s a gift of immeasurable value. It is however a choice we don’t often discuss. The thought of what will happen to you after your death is not an easy one.
I wanted to do something to raise awareness of organ donation and also to raise some money for the hospital that treated (and continues to care for) my mother before and since her transplant.
Over the coming weeks I will be adding bracelets and amigurumi to the shop designed to raise awareness of organ donation, they will be green, the colour of organ donation awareness (and also liver disease) and 50% of the money made from them will be donated to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and split between the liver unit and transplant teams. Here’s hoping we can raise some cash for this wonderful hospital and for all the work they do helping the families of donors and the recipients and their families.
In the meantime, if you aren’t already on the register, please sign up. It will be the best gift you ever give. And speak up. Let your family and loved ones know your decision so they can make sure your wishes are carried out.