TWO women united by tragedy stand side by side fighting for one goal.
Sharon Eckert and Emma Robertson both want to see organ donation made automatic unless a person opts out.
On Thursday, the two mums met for the first time as they called for shoppers in Asda to sign a petition calling for a change.
Ms Eckert, 38, launched ‘In Miley’s Memory’ to raise awareness of organ donation after her 14-week-old daughter Miley Turbitt died while waiting for a heart donor to be found.
The Gazette-backed campaign received the support of Mrs Robertson, whose husband Gary died on his 39th birthday from a brain anuerysm. The Hebburn dad’s organs were donated helping to save the lives of four people.
Meeting for the first time, Mrs Robertson said: “It was a bit overwhelming. I have lost my husband and that’s devastating, but Sharon has lost a child, and I have no idea what she must be going through.
“What she is doing is marvellous. I was so proud to be able to join her at Asda and be part of a campaign raising awareness of organ donation. It was really nice to be able to speak to someone who has suffered a loss.”
Ms Eckert said: “It was really nice to meet Emma. I felt a bit teary talking to her.
“She is such a nice lady. And that she came to help us with our campaign and to do what she can to support what we are trying to achieve – it means so much to me.”