Tragedy mums have common goal

Miley campaign promotion at Asda Boldon. From left Emma Robertson and Sharon Eckert.

Miley campaign promotion at Asda Boldon. From left Emma Robertson and Sharon Eckert.

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.

Download a petition here and print it out for your friends and family to sign.

To sign up to the organ donation register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk by clicking here

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.”


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