I Hope You Know: Campaign Update From Sarah Springett of The Floe

Sarah Springett of the UK band The Floe has just posted an update and message about the “I hope you know campaign”. It starts:

“Firstly, thank you all once again for your incredible support. Since the ‘I Hope You Know’ single campaign was launched on November 9th (a year to the day since I donated a kidney to my boyfriend Paul) there has been an incredible wave of generosity and encouragement from every angle. The national media have really helped to promote the story, charities and organisations have spread the message on our behalf, and individuals have done a fantastic job of championing the cause. Special thanks to The Transplant Trust for their continued support and guidance.

I Hope You Know Campaign

Click to go to the I Hope You Know site and buy the single

To every one of you who has signed the NHS Organ Donor Register, downloaded the ‘I Hope You Know’ single, visited the www.ihopeyouknow.co.uk site, joined the Facebook cause, or passed on the info to friends/family/colleagues as a result of the campaign – thank you thank you thank you. ‘I Hope You Know’ what a difference you have personally made.”

The full message is posted on the band website here, and their Facebook fan page.

The campaign, if you remember from the earlier post, started with the release of the single “I hope you know” by The Floe with the aim to raise awareness of organ donation and get many more thousands of people to join the register.

Proceeds from the single go to The Transplant Trust. You can still buy the ‘I Hope you Know’ single, and you if you’ve done that, please share the link with your friends. It all makes a difference.

Lunch with the Mayor of Brighton

Our Antarctic trip has taken us to unexpected places, like Brighton Town Hall on a very windy Wednesday lunchtime. “Would you like to have lunch with the Mayor of Brighton?” read the email from Anna of The Transplant Trust. “Oh, and by the way, would you mind giving your talk?” Sure we would. Now, I don’t need much of an excuse to go to Brighton, but helping launch National Transplant Week activities is a pretty good one.

The Town Hall in Brighton is finer than most town halls I’ve seen, an imposing (Victorian?) building, and the Counsellors’ Chambers were grand without been ornate. A good place to meet Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn, Mayor of the City of Brighton and Hove, Angela Walledge Trustee of the Transplant Trust, and invitees from prominent Brighton businesses, all come to hear what National Transplant week is going to be about in 2009.

The Mayor Signs Up

The Mayor Signs Up

Apparently, the Government has a target of getting 25 million people on the organ donor register by 2013. There are currently 16 million. As Mayor Peltzer Dunn observed, 9 million people more in four years is a very big ask. So why not push for an “opt out” scheme, as invitee Mohan Rasanayagam asked, rather intelligently, I thought. If Spain can do it… According to Angela, it would simply be a waste of organs – the UK simply does not have the resources or infrastructure to retrieve and distribute organs. If we don’t reach those targets the simple fact is more people will die waiting for an organ. And that will mean two lives lost in vain. I can’t say too often how lucky we feel that Cim had her kidney donated by her brother.

Our talk, then is the “happy ending” part of proceedings. We aim to encourage signing up to the register and also live kidney donation. And I think it works because people see that a transplant has made a tangible difference in Cim’s life (and mine, come to that). Cim says that doing these talks and raising awareness is her way of repaying her gift.

Adjournment to the Mayor’s Parlour for light refreshments, it says on the agenda. It’s splendid – and so are the sandwiches and cakes, to be mercenary for a moment. It’s a chance for us to socialise with the invitees and pose for photos. We talk to Mohan again, who it turns out works for Epic, an online training company. It gives me the idea about that we could broaden our networking through potential sponosrs’ networks. We get visitors to our website and promote the Transplant Trust. The companies get seen by our visitors.

Posing with the Mayor

Posing with the Mayor

Susan Foster, partner of Knill James accountants knows a lot about sponsorhip. They sponsor Lewes Rugby Club and that gets her to see England vs Scotland and Murrayfield. So she’s well aware of the returns that sponsorship can bring. The Transplant Trust on the face of it, is a more altruistic choice. But need it be? Isn’t it ok to get something back? We’ve got to use what we’ve got and exchange it for what we haven’t. I’ll come and do you a corporate whisky tasting. I’m sure we can come to some arrangement.

Sounds like a win-win to me.

Photos courtesy and copyright Tony Mould, http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk

National Transplant Week

This is what we’ve been working up to since coming back from Antarctica: National Transplant Week, the major awareness and fundraising focus week for our charity, Transplants in Mind.

It runs from 6th – 13th July with the media launch tonight (Tuesday 8th, I know), at the Transport Museum in Covent Garden We will be live on stage with a small presentation, telling Cim’s story. Our part of the transplants picture is of course, kidney donation, especially live kidney donation. Others will be doing their bit for other organ transplants.

On Friday, we are invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street. which is very exciting. Not sure if Gordon Brown is going to be there, but it will be a privilege none-the-less.

There is a lot of media activity; already Cim has been interviewed for Surrey’s Radio Jackie. Maybe I’ll be interviewed for Radio Shoot!. Or something. (Apologies to any reader not familiar with 70s teenage magazines in the UK.)

Read more about National Transplant Week.

Strictly Cim Dancing: The Event!

An evening of Dirty Dancing, they said. We came, ate the canapes, drank the cava and headed off down winding corridors, to hit the dance-floor, some in their fetching close-fitting dresses and high heels. The ladies were pretty smartly attired too. Dancing there was, but was it dirty? Not a yellow card all evening.

And what fun it was! 30 or so of us in thrall to Katie and Laura, who taught us some basic mambo and merengue steps. We were so good at that (they told us) that we went straight into the choreographed routine based on those steps. Amazing what you can do in a couple of energetic hours.

Strictly photos

We can’t leave this without saying a huge “Thank you!” to those of you who came to the event and by doing so, contributed close to £700 to Transplants in Mind. The greatest thanks to Katie, Emma of First Dance Studios for putting on the event, donating their time, effort and money in making the evening the success it was.

Foxtrot Oscar

One more day in Buenos Aires and we head home. We are very conscious that this is not the end of the odyssey and that there is more work to do in our Transplants in Mind campaign. We have some GREAT pics with our sponsorship banners, which I am desparate to post, but I can´t get them uploaded here in this Internet café on Florida street.

Now that I´m not hassled by the queue for use of the one PC in the hotel, I see that the donations have gone past the 1000 pounds mark, which is a pleasing and a very good start. Thanks everybody! We have our first Ambassador in the shape of the Create Group in Sweden. I look forward to working with you when I get back.

We both feel it´s time to be home. Our hotel, the so-called Days Inn Comfort was pretty grim. It seemed a good idea to keep to a budget when we booked, but in reality, living in a box is no fun. A little research in the Rough Guide beforehand and we could have found a comfy hostel a little outside the city centre. There was a massive downpour and thunderstorm last night, and humidity is 95% today. We are just trying to keep cool and out of the sun.

Next post from Madrid airport, tomorrow lunchtime, if we have time. ..

Spring Fashion Evening

Sandie Crawford, a sales manager for the Weekenders fashion catalogue, has joined our sponsors. Together with Sandie, we are holding a series of fashion shows for a strictly limited number of people.

This is what Sandie says,

I’m hosting a day of Presentation’s full of fun and fashion and I’d love to see you there! We’ll preview the latest colours and styles, try on some wonderful clothes, and learn how easy it is to build a great working wardrobe.
Say You’ll Come & Bring a Friend!

The first event will be on 28th February. All proceeds will be going to Transplants in Mind. Sandie is pledging to raise £1000.

If you are in the Woking and Surrey area, please let us know if you’d like to attend.

Transplants in Mind

As you may have noticed from the front page, we have now linked up to Transplants in Mind as our chosen charity. Before you do anything else, please donate online on our Antarctic Odyssey fundraising page. Thank you!

It’s difficult to choose a charity, but we chose Transplants in mind because it most closely matches our aim: to prevent people from suffering and dying needlessly while waiting for a transplant. They cover all aspects of donation and transplantation, and we are doing our bit for live kidney donation.

They were also keen on us because they were looking for a live kidney donor story. Funny how the universe lines up with you sometimes, isn’t it? So now Cim and Jonas story is on their website, and has already caught the eye of a Japanese media company. More on that as we get the news.