Kirsty’s life celebrated - and a plea for donors

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 May 2012

Kirsty's best friend Naomi Readman (Kirsty's best friend), Consultant Dr Charlie Tomson from Southmead Hospital,  Kirsty's sister Joanne Wakenshaw and their father Terry Wakenshaw.

Kirsty's best friend Naomi Readman (Kirsty's best friend), Consultant Dr Charlie Tomson from Southmead Hospital, Kirsty's sister Joanne Wakenshaw and their father Terry Wakenshaw.

Joanna Wakenshaw

A FUNDRAISING event in memory of a Weston woman who died while waiting for an organ transplant collected more than £1,000 for a renal treatment unit.

Kirsty Wakenshaw, from Charter Road, died aged 30 while waiting for a double organ transplant for a kidney and a pancreas.

Her sister Joanne Wakenshaw, aged 34, decided to hold a fundraiser to raise money for charity and awareness of the need for donors on the fifth anniversary of her death.

Businesses donated money and a raffle was held alongside a cake stall at Claremont Vaults in Knightstone Road, with £1,000 raised for the Southmead Transplantation Research fund at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

A further £165 was also raised which will go towards Ambleside renal treatment unit at Weston General Hospital to brighten up the dialysis treatment room.

Joanna said: “Her death really knocked the wind out of all our sails.

“But it was really cathartic to finally do something and I am so thankful to everyone who donated. It was a great celebration of her life and I think she would be proud of us.

“It is not just about the money, but about raising the profile of the issue. We would like to see the system changed.”

Joanna said many people die every year on waiting lists who could have been saved if more people became organ donors.

She said proposals in Wales to change to an ‘opt-out’ organ donation system would save lives if rolled out across the UK. To become an organ donor, call 0300 1232323, text SAVE to 84118 or go to the website www.organdonation.nhs.uk


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