Organ Donation Week Highlighted With Snowdon Hike

by Jamie Adrankone

Organ Donation Week Highlighted With Snowdon Hike

Organ Donation Week this year has been marked by families and NHS staff with a hike to the summit of Snowdon, the Bangor Aye reports. The walk was organised to help raise awareness of organ donation amongst the general public, and also to honour the memory of loved ones whose organs have saved or transformed lives.

The walk was organised by North Wales’ three Organ Donation Specialist Nurses, Abi Roberts, Phil Jones and Helen Bullock. Family members and NHS staff held photographs on top of the mountain to pay tribute to donors.

Abi, who works at Ysbyty Gwynedd, said: “We were delighted that so many people and families of donors wished to join us to mark this special week. Despite the weather we made it to the summit and it was emotional to see family members of donors take that special moment to remember their loved ones.”

She added: “The main message we want to get across this week is how important it is to speak to your family members about organ donation. It’s really important that families know their loved ones’ wishes to give them the certainty to support their decision at such a difficult time.”

The North Wales Chronicle reports on the uplifting story of a Bangor man who is training to run the London Marathon in aid of a children’s charity, just one year after his sister donated a kidney to him. Rhys Owen said that although he does not enjoy running at all, he is determined to complete the marathon to thank his sister, Hannah.

Rhys’s workplace in Wrexham were approached by the Oswestry-based charity Hope House to take part in fundraising activities, and Rhys bravely put himself forward for the challenge. He has been in training since June, despite a rocky road of recovery from his operation. He is now fit and well, and hopes to raise at least £1,500 for charity.

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