THE family of a baby girl who died waiting for a heart transplant are taking their campaign to boost donor numbers out to shoppers.
Miley Turbitt’s mother, Sharon Eckert, along with family and friends, will be in Morrisons store in Jarrow on Saturday to promote the ‘In Miley’s Memory’ campaign.
Miley Turbitt, who suffered from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, died in November, aged just 14-weeks after no donor heart could be found.
Miley’s family hope her story will encourage people to sign up to the organ donation register.
Already, 275 people in South Tyneside have signed up to become organ donors since the campaign was launched on February 11.
Now, the family hope they can boost the number further when they spend a day in Morrisons. As well as packing bags for customers to raise money for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, which tried to save Miley’s life, shoppers will also be able to sign up to the organ donation register.
The family will be in store from 10am until 7pm.
Ms Eckert said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support we have received. It really means a lot.”
The family have also launched a petition calling for a change in the organ donation system to one where people are automatically registered unless they opt out.
Completed forms to be handed in to the Shields Gazette reception, in Chapter Row before March 28.