Thursday, 21 May 2009

Just when I thought it had all died down...

... It hasn't! I will explain more, but first you can find my Team Ethan pictures if you click here.

So the campaign is just as strong as ever, which is fantastic news, I was banking on a bit of a break but looks like that isn't much of an option! Well I like to be kept busy so I'm not going to complain (too much!)

So the latest news...

I had a great time at Radio Manchester, everyone there was lovely and the presenter, Heather Stott put me at ease and made me feel so welcome! Here are some of the pics from the day....

And if you missed the interview you can listen to it here, I am about 2hours into the show.

So plans for the campaign in the near future.

  • Next week the photographer from Engage is coming to take pictures of me for the front page of the magazine.
  • A french magazine wants to interview me (in English) the magazine goes out to around 50,000 young french people who are learning English.
  • I want to develop a viral game and video to spread the word amongst young people!
  • I have a few talks in schools organised in July for LLTGL and one off the back of Battlefront too!

The most exciting news is that I received a letter (via email) today from the Rt Hon Ed Ball's in response to my email! It says....

"Dear Holly
Thank you for your letter following up the recent Battlefront event.
It was great to meet with you and the other young people at the event. The passion and enthusiasm that you all expressed for your campaigns was good to see, and I wish you well in your campaigns. I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the Department's commitment in encouraging young people to learn more about organ donation and the issues involved in this debate.

In this respect i really appreciate your efforts and have asked officials to explore further with you how you believe this Department can support raising awareness of organ donation in education following the joint letter sent out to schools on 28 September 2008.
In order to arrange a mutually convenient meeting, please contact....."

I submit my last ever University assignment tomorrow, an end of an era... the time has gone so fast, I can't believe it has been three years! So much has happened over that time, I've made lots of great friends, my brother got married, I became an Auntie, won the Battlefront competition, and received "The Gift of Life"!

When I first started my degree I didn't know if I would be able to complete it through being on dialysis... but I did it and I'm so glad I did, obviously I couldn't have done it without the support of my family! Now I've just got to wait for my results... I'm not too bothered (well ok, I'm lying, I want to do as well as I can) as long as I graduate then I will be proud!

I might have to start thinking of the big wide world now, actually grow up and find my self a job! Don't fret though, I will continue my work with LLTGL, keep spreading the word with The Gift of Life campaign and hopefully meet Gordon Brown and Ed Balls!

So there you go! No signs of slowing down yet....


  1. I love this post - so much has happened, and you have achieved so much. Goodness knows where you will be this time next year...

  2. Thanks Jac,

    Your guess is as good as mine! lol!


  3. The photos are lovely :) Glad to hear that you had a nice time at Radio Manchester, I'll listen to your interview online tomorrow and let you know what I think. Very excited to hear of all your upcoming plans for the campaign, it sounds like you're going to be very busy. Let me know if I can help you with anything, as I'd love to continue to be involved.

    I can relate to your feelings at the moment as tomorrow is my last day of school - ever! I'm excited, but quite nervous too, as like you, I have no idea what to do next!

    Moll x x

  4. Of course I want you to be involved! The more the merrier...

    And yes... very scary time, but whatever you choose to do Moll I know you will succeed!

    Take care x

  5. You have worked so hard hunny and made such a difference to many people's lives! Despite obstacles, you have continued to campaign in any and every way possible. You've put amazing ideas into practice and captured the thoughts of people and encourage them to sign the organ register. Well done sweetp!!xxx

  6. Exciting times ahead then!
    I'm really glad Ed Balls seems to be on board - thought he would!

    Huge congratulations on all you've achieved so far! :-)
    I can relate to the schools talk thing btw - I have my first "Register & Be a Lifesaver" school talks on June 10th - I will be doing three talks to year 10 tutor groups (gulp!!!) I would also like to mention about your campaign too, if that's okay?
    The kids will be aged 14 and 15 - therefore too young to sign up for blood or bone marrow - so I aim to place an emphasis on organ donation; how they can register and how they should make their wishes known to their families!

    Charlotte xx

    P.S. Doesn't Heather Stott do the weather on TV

  7. Of Course thats fine Charlotte!

    Yes Heather does the weather on BBC North West 2nite :)

    Good luck with your talks, you'll be fab! x