Mum off to Downing Street in Miley’s memory

LIFESAVING LEGACY ... Sharon Eckert with a picture of daughter Miley.
LIFESAVING LEGACY ... Sharon Eckert with a picture of daughter Miley.

A GAZETTE-backed petition launched in memory of a South Tyneside baby, to boost the number of organ donors, has almost reached 2,000 and is going to Downing Street this month.

After the death of her 14-week-old daughter, Miley Turbitt, mum Sharon Eckert began the In Miley’s Memory campaign.

Miley – who was born with a severe heart condition – died while medics searched Europe looking for a donor organ.

Latest figures from NHS Blood And Transplant show that since the start of the campaign in February, 1,836 people across the borough have signed up to the register.

This takes the number of organ donors living in South Tyneside to 40,123.

The campaign aimed to encourage people of all ages to sign up as organ donors.

Sharon wants to see England treat people automatically as organ donors unless they specifically opt out – and will travel to Downing Street this month, the first anniversary of Miley’s death, to hand over her petition calling for the change.

At the moment people have to opt in to be a donor.

Sharon, from Westmorland Road, South Shields, said: “Nothing I do will ever bring Miley back or take the pain away of losing my precious daughter, but some good can come out of it.

“Doing this campaign has been an emotional rollercoaster.”

To sign the organ donor register visit