Leeds family’s pride as teenager gives gift of life

Andrew and Linda Uttley
Andrew and Linda Uttley
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The family of a Leeds teenager killed in a motorbike crash say he “lives on” after his organs saved two people.

Just two weeks before Jake Uttley’s tragic death, the 17-year-old told his family that if the worst happened, he wanted to donate his organs to help others.

A year on, his mum Linda has told of her pride at her son’s lifesaving legacy.

“The more people that know about Jake, the better,” she said.

“It keeps him alive in our memories. It’s really something to be proud of.”

Jake, from Middleton, Leeds, was riding his motorbike in January last year when he was involved in a collision with a car on Wood Lane, Rothwell.

He died two days later at Leeds General Infirmary.

Mrs Uttley said her motorbike-mad son had told his younger sister Jasmine that he wanted to be an organ donor after the subject came up following his great auntie’s death.

“When the doctors approached us and said there was nothing more they could do for Jake, his sister said straight away what he had told her,” his mum, a teaching assistant at Woodkirk Academy in Tingley, said.

Doctors were able to use Jake’s kidney and liver to help two people desperately in need.

His mum, and dad Andrew, have now found out a man and a woman, both in their 40s, were given the gift of life as a result.

Mrs Uttley, 46, said: “Obviously it’s been devastating for us, but we know that he lives on in somebody else.

“If they get the sudden urge to ride a motorbike, that’s Jake living on.”

Jake’s family were among those honoured by a new award for organ donors and their relatives.

Other recipients of the award, created by the Order of St John and NHS Blood and Transplant, included the family of 15-year-old Kyle Asquith from Middleton.

His organs saved five people after Kyle died suddenly.

Join the NHS Organ Donor Register via www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or text SAVE to 62323.

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