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Agency’s boost for organ-donor campaign

WELLBEING EVENT ... Jane McClelland from the revenue and customs office in Washington signs up to the organ register, watched by colleagues Rachel Robson and Gemma Dutton.

WELLBEING EVENT ... Jane McClelland from the revenue and customs office in Washington signs up to the organ register, watched by colleagues Rachel Robson and Gemma Dutton.

A LIFE-SAVING campaign sparked by the death of a South Tyneside baby has been given a boost from a government agency.

Staff based at the revenue and customs office in Washington have pledged their support to In Miley’s Memory.

The campaign was launched in February by the family of baby Miley Turbitt to encourage more people of all ages to sign up to the organ donation register.

The 14-week-old, who suffered from a severe form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, died last November when a heart could not be found in time for a transplant.

Already businesses and families affected by organ donation across South Tyneside and beyond have showed their support to the campaign, launched by Miley’s mother Sharon Eckert.

Now, HMRC has come on board, helping to promote the campaign during a health and wellbeing event held in its offices in Weardale House, Washington.

Rachel Robson, a support team manager at HMRC in Washington, said: “The health and wellbeing events are about raising awareness of lots of different things regarding the health and wellbeing of staff.

“It is the second event we have held, and when I was told about In Miley’s Memory campaign, I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to promote the campaign and encourage people to become organ donors.

“During the day we had lots of people sign up and take away information about organ donation.

“And one the workers was so pleased a campaign like this has been launched, as his brother is waiting for a liver.”

Mrs Robson, who lives in Hebburn, found out about the campaign from friend Emma Robertson.

Mrs Robertson’s husband Gary died last year on his 39th birthday, after a brain aneurysm. His organs were donated helping to save the lives of at least four people.

Mrs Robertson, 34, from Hebburn, has been helping Ms Eckert with her lifesaving campaign.

Ms Eckert, 38, from Westmorland Road, South Shields, said: “The campaign has become much bigger than I ever imagined and we have had so much support.

“We are going to keep the campaign running in the hope it will continue to encourage people to become organ donors.”

Anyone who would like to become an organ donor can do so by visiting www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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