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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I would like to express my special thanks to the following people; Chris Chalker, Sara Stacey, Louise Langman, Anca Ingham, Katie Ramos, Stephan Braund and Plymouth Humanists Society for their support and help with gaining contacts for my project. I would also like to express my deep gratitude to all of the participants for welcoming me into their homes and sharing their stories. I am eternally grateful, without you this project would not have been possible: Leslie Blunt, David Hemmings, Colin Bunker, Dawn Pearce, Steve Gazzard,Vivienne Calderbank, Joe Treeby, John Howard, Chris, Julie and Lottie Byron Edmond. Special thanks to all the donors and their families who have improved and saved the lives of so many. To my late friend Kate for giving the gift of life and giving hope to many. You are my inspiration. All Images Copyright of Isabel Redwood-Hanson.


his book is dedicated to my best friend Kate 17th February 1975-21st September 2012

‘Hope’ ‘The feeling of what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best’. he moment I found out my best friend had been killed in a tragic accident I felt like my world had fallen apart. I felt numb with shock but found solace on discovering that Kate was a registered organ donor. hankfully her family had made the decision to uphold her wishes whilst at the hospital at the time of her death. From our tragic loss seven young adults and children were given the chance to live life to the full again. My heart was illed with warmth and love knowing Kate had given the gift of life to so many. Kate spent her life helping others through her work and this was her inal gift. After all there is no greater gift than the gift of life. Kate’s parents knew nothing of her donor intentions until they had to make the decision themselves. Next of kin have the inal decision on organ donation, so it is imperative to communicate clearly your intentions. his means if the unthinkable happens to you the decision is made easier for your loved ones at such a distressing time. I too, was guilty of ignorance until I was directly afected by organ donation. Now I feel compelled to help raise awareness on this important issue. I believe by sharing real stories of those afected, I can encourage people to register and communicate their wishes. My father’s career as a graphic designer covered many campaigns for Oxfam. His work had a huge impact on me as a child and now I too strive to work with those less fortunate. I see photography as an important form of communication. Over the past year I have been researching and developing narrative within my work and aim to entice the viewer to explore the images and the stories behind them. his book is a culmination of a three-month project in which I captured intimate portraits as well as documenting the individual lives of those afected by organ donation. I feel it is important to give the individuals the opportunity to tell their stories, these hand-written thoughts can be found at the back of this book. hey tell us that anyone can be afected by organ donation regardless of age, sex and religion. Each story-evoked emotion yet inspired me to never give up hope. In this book I invite you to, in efect, step into their shoes! Organ donation can afect anyone; nobody knows what the future holds however we do have the power to make a diference. If I only inspire one more person to register as a donor then I would consider this project a success.




















Leslie is currently on the waiting list for a kidney transplant. Pages 8-11 & 38-39. David is a live/aultruistic kidney donor and member of the Give a Kidney Charity. Pages 12-13 & 40. Colin & Dawn are brother & sister -Dawn donated a kidney to Colin. Pages 14-15 & 41. Steve’s daughter Sarah passed away whilst waiting for a double lung transplant. Sarah was a donor herself and helped three individuals with her organs. Pages 16-21, 42 & 43. Viv ia a live/altruistic doner. She donated a kidney to a stranger in 2011. Pages 22-23 & 44. Joe is a liver transplant recipient. Pages 24-27 & 45. John is a liver transplant recipient. Pages 28-29 & 46. Lottie was the smallest baby to sucessfully recieve a liver transplant. Pages 30-35 & 47.



If you believe in organ donation, prove it. 96% of you would take an organ if we needed one. Yet only 29% of us have taken action and joined the Organ Donor Register. The NHS Organ Donor Register gives hope to more than 10,000 people of all ages accross the UK who need an organ transplant. On average three people die every day waiting for a transplant. This is because there is simply not enough organs available. Do you believe in organ donation? If you would take an organ, would you be willing to give one and help someone live after your death? Anyone can register. Age isn’t a barrier to becoming an organ or tissue donor-people in their late 70’s and 80’s have become donors and saved many lives. Most medical conditions don’t rule you out either. One donor can save or transform up to nine lives. It’s only through the generosity of people like you that lives can be saved. The NHS website provides more information on organ donation and answers every possible question you may want to ask about organ donation. For more information visit the website below. To register please use one of the following: Go to Call 0300 123 23 23 Text SAVE to 84118

NHS Blood and Transplant, 2009 England, 2009

GIVE a Kidney-one’s enough is a charity that aims to raise awareness of altruistic living kidney donation. Altruistic donation is the giving of a kidney, from a living person, to a stranger who has kidney failure. Give a Kidney also aim to publicise why more living kidney donors are needed and to support people who are considering this type of donation. Patients with kidney failure have the option of dialysis or transplantation when both their kidneys fail. A kidney transplant can provide patients with freedom from regular dialysis, a better quality of life and longer life expectancy. Unfortunately, very few patients have someone who can give them a kidney, and on average most patients have to wait on dialysis for two to three years before a kidney becomes available on the national deceased donor transplant waiting list. Although the UK performs more than 2500 kidney transplantations a year, there are over 7000 people waiting for a kidney transplant, of whom 300 die each year. Despite the shortage of donors, we know that many people would be willing to donate a kidney if they knew how to do so. Give a Kidney charity aim is to raise awareness of kidney donation and support people through the giving process. If you would like more information please visit their website or email using the following addresses:

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BIBLIOGRAPHY National Health Service , 2009. NHS Blood and Transplant. England: NHS.

giveakidney. 2012. Give a Kidney one’s enough. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 01 May 13].


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