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Mayor presents end of term charity cheques

Posted on Tuesday 20th June 2017 at 11:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Cllr Elaine Hardwick presenting a mayor's charity cheque to Louise Hill of Heartful Dodgers.

The annual general meeting of Bradley Stoke Town Council on 10th May saw outgoing mayor Elaine Hardwick present cheques to her two chosen ‘charities of the year’.

In accordance with the mayor’s wishes declared at the start of her term in office, Heartful Dodgers and Transplant Sport were awarded equal shares of the amount collected over the year, with each receiving £3,907.

The money handed to the groups derives from fundraising events organised by the town council over the past 12 months, principally the community festival in June and the firework display in November.

Transplant Sport is the largest transplant charity promoting active recovery for transplant patients and increasing awareness of the benefits of organ donation and transplantation. It has been organising events over the last 39 years for transplant recipients and the wider transplant family – this can include donor families and live donors.

The Heartful Dodgers group aims to improve cardiac care in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It fundraises for the Cardiac Rehabilitation team at Southmead Hospital, enabling it to purchase new equipment and fund courses for the staff.

Photo: Louise Hill, fundraising lead for Heartful Dodgers, receives a cheque from the mayor.

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Emma strikes gold at transplant games

Posted on Sunday 18th September 2016 at 9:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Emma Barnes, medal winner at the 2016 British Transplant Games.

A local athlete has returned from the British Transplant Games, held in Liverpool at the end of July, with a haul of four medals.

Emma Barnes, who is a member of Bradley Stoke based North Bristol Running Group, won gold in her age category in the 4 x 100m relay, silver in the 200m and bronze in the 400m. She also clinched a gold medal in the badminton doubles competition.

Held annually at different venues across the country, the Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families.

The 22-year-old was attending her second Games since receiving a liver transplant at Kings College Hospital, London in September 2013 – after being diagnosed with a extremely rare tumour.

Looking back on her experience prior to her transplant, Emma said:

“It was a really horrible and incredibly stressful time waiting on the transplant list as I had no idea how long I would have to wait or when I would get the call. I couldn’t go further than half-an-hour away from my house in case I got the call and had to make sure that I always had signal on my phone. I had to wait eight-and-half months and became increasingly ill in this time.”

Speaking about what makes the Games special for those taking part, Emma said:

“It’s really great as it gives you the opportunity to meet lots of other inspirational people who have all had life-saving transplants, like myself, whilst competing and taking part in lots of different sports. Everyone understands what each other has been through and it feels like one big family. It shows what amazing things can be achieved as a result of organ donation as none of us would be here without it.”

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Students raise £1,400 for transplant charity in memory of Sarah

Posted on Friday 25th April 2014 at 9:55 am by SH (Editor)

Kevin Mashford receives a cheque on behalf of Transplant Sport.

Students and staff at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) have raised more that £1,400 for a charity that promotes organ donation and post-transplant activities.

The money was raised in memory of Sarah Port, a BSCS student who sadly passed away last summer whilst on holiday with her family.

Kevin Mashford, a representative of Transplant Sport, attended a Year 9 assembly at the school on 19th March, at which he received a cheque for £1,470, this being the amount raised so far from the non-uniform days, the sale of ‘Sarah’ wristbands and other events organised by the students.

The assembly was also attended by the headteacher and two student representatives from Wheatfield Primary School (previously attended by Sarah), which has also been involved in the fundraising activities.

Mr Mashford, who was born with a congenital heart defect, gave a moving account of how he had undergone a series of open heart operations from the age of 8, been fitted with pacemakers and suffered a stroke before he was lucky enough to receive a transplant in 2012.

Just 19 weeks after receiving his donated heart, he took part in a 30-mile cycling event in memory of his donor and to raise money for Transplant Sport.

According to Mr Mashford, 98% of people in the UK say they would take an organ if they needed one, but only 31% of us are registered as donors. He urged the students to consider registering and stressed the importance of donor card holders discussing their wishes with their next of kin, as half of all potential donor organs are currently “wasted at the bedside”.

This article originally appeared in the April 2014 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,450 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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