Live Life Then Give Life (Charity) Medical
Milton Keynes - United Kingdom
Charity Number: 1123333
Our Mission Statement:
"To save and improve the lives of all those in need or receipt of organ and tissue transplants. The charity exists to improve education and awareness of organ donation and to fund projects that increase the numbers of successful transplants in the UK."
Our predominant aim at Live Life Then Give Life is to save and improve the lives of organ and tissue transplant patients in the UK. We do this in a number of ways including:
* Media campaigns
* Talks and presentations
* Key public events
* Publicising information
* Online transplant community forum, 'Intoto'
* And of course, our now famous T-shirts
Live Life Then Give Life (LLTGL) was launched as a campaign in March 2006 by two friends - Emily Thackray (25) and Emma Harris (36). Both women suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, the UK's most common life-threatening genetic disease and one which causes progressive lung damage. The average life expectancy of a CF sufferer in the UK is just 31 years and in the final stages of the disease a double lung transplant offers the only hope of survival.
In 2005, Emily was told that her lungs had become so badly damaged that without a double lung transplant she was unlikely to live beyond a year and she joined over 8000 other people in the UK on the transplant waiting list knowing that there was just a 50% chance of getting a transplant due to the chronic shortage of organ donors in the UK.
Having already lost 15 young friends between them whose wait for a transplant was in vain, Emma and Emily decided to take matters into their own hands to raise awareness of the incredible Gift of Life that people can pass on by donating organs after their deaths.
In 2007 Emily finally received her double lung transplant just as her time was running out, followed shortly after by the addition of four new team members to the campaigning team - Hal Cohen, Jenny Dickinson, Anders Gibson and Oli Lewington.
Live Life Then Give Life continues to go from strength to strength, attracting both national and international attention and gaining support from all over the UK. In 2008 the team finally achieved their goal of gaining charity status for Live Life Then Give Life and in September of that year the charity won a prestigious Charity Times Award for "Campaigning Team of the Year 2008". The team now consists of: Oli Lewington, Emily Thackray, Jenny Dickinson, Mandy Venters, Emma Harris, Matt Coyne and Pops Barham.