Live Life Give Life is an organ donation awareness charity. They use campaigns and educational youth projects to get people talking about organ donation, with the ultimate goal of encouraging individuals to sign up to the register and most importantly, to share their decision with their loved ones.
History of Live Life Give Life
Founded in 2006 by Emily Thackray and Emma Harris, Live Life Give Life started off as a t-shirt campaign to raise awareness of organ donation. Emily and Emma both suffered from cystic fibrosis (CF) and had lost many friends to the disease, and Emily was on the waiting list for a life saving lung transplant. Live Life Give Life was the slogan of the campaign, receiving charity status 2 years later. Emily received her transplant in 2007, followed by a further one in 2014, but sadly, she passed away soon after. Emma continues with fundraising as well as raising awareness of the cause.
Why is There a Need to Raise Awareness of Organ Donation?
Every day, 3 people in the UK die while waiting for organ transplants. This is partly due to many families refusing to let the organs of the deceased go, even if the individual is a registered donor. Shockingly, 80% of organ donors don’t share their decision with their loved ones, and 43% of families still refuse to allow the deceased’s organs to be donated. There are currently over 6000 people in the UK waiting for transplants, and last year 400 people died while on the waiting list. Additionally, over 750 people were removed from the list as a result of declining health, and there are currently 184 children in the UK awaiting transplants. Live Life Give Life’s goal is to educate people on the positives of organ donation, in the hope that more people join the register.
How Do Live Life Give Life Raise Awareness?
The charity focuses on campaigns designed to change the way people think about organ donation. Their funds go towards campaigns and educational initiatives designed to get people talking and to help them make an empowered and informed choice.
Believing that today’s youth are savvier than ever in terms of environmental issues, the charity runs a number of fun, upbeat projects aimed at children aged 6 and upwards, and can be used in schools, community groups, and homes. One of these projects is The Orgamites, a project aimed at 6-11 year olds. The Orgamites are a group of 9 cute characters led by Captain Marrow. The project aims to get kids thinking about how their bodies work while introducing them to the idea of health, wellbeing and organ donation. The ultimate aim is to influence future generations while getting people talking, both young and old.
How You Can Get Involved
It’s through the generosity of their supporters that Live Life Give Life are able to continue the work they do. Funds raised go towards raising awareness, investing in research and to create further campaigns to get people talking about organ donation. This month, we’re supporting them in our October charity poll - help them to win 20% of our profits by casting your vote for them today!
Find out more about Live Life Give Life by visiting their website: https://livelifegivelife.org.uk/.