YEP Says, March 11: New donors would be fitting tribute to kind-hearted Kyle

Kyle Asquith
Kyle Asquith
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Teenager who saved five lives now inspiring others.

MAD on football and hugely popular with his classmates, Kyle Asquith was a typical, fun loving teenager. Yet his life was cut tragically short when he suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage a year ago.

Knowing how much their son loved to help others, Kyle’s parents Tracy and Alex took the courageous step to donate his organs. The result is that five people are alive today because of him.

Now it’s hoped that more potential donors will sign up on the back of the launch of special fundraising events in his memory.

Students and staff at his school, Cockburn High, are aiming to raise £5,000 for the NHS Blood And Transplant Trust Fund.

The events will also put the issue of organ donation in the spotlight and can only help to encourage more people to sign up.

Becoming an organ donor is a personal choice. But Kyle’s example has shown the difference it can make to others who are waiting for life-saving transplant surgery.

By donating your organs after you die, you can help save and transform the lives of desperately ill people. And the fact that fewer than 5,000 people each year in the UK die in circumstances where they can become a donor means each donor is precious.

It would be a fitting legacy to Kyle if others now followed in his footsteps and helped give the gift of life.

Chris gives campaign some va va Froome

THE country is basking in a golden age of cycling, with Chris Froome looking to secure a hat-trick of yellow jersies for Britain when he defends his Tour de France title this summer.

As well as inspiring a future generation of cyclists, the Tour’s visit also has the potential to encourage more people to cycle for fun, with all the attendant health benefits that brings.

It’s why we launched our Let’s Get Cycling campaign, which is being backed by Chris Froome himself. It’s great that he’s taken time out from his busy schedule to give his support.

With role models like Chris, cycling is in safe hands.

Kim Leadbeater, sister of Jo Cox, speaks about her efforts to keep her sister's values alive and raise money for charity. '2nd March 2016.'Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

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