On Thursday February 10th the Live Life then Give Life team attended the Just Giving Awards at the Emirates Stadium in London. We were up for Charity of the Year (people's choice) and Emily (our wonderful chairman) was up for the Lifetime Achievement Award (yes at 26!).
Sadly we didn't win the Charity award it went to the amazing charity Shelterbox however Emily’s hard work and determination in the field of fundraising was recognised as she won the lifetime acheievement award. Emily campaigns relentlessly to raise awareness about both organ donation and cystic fibrosis so we were thrilled that she was rewarded for her efforts!
Emily started fundraising at the tender age of 10, when she held a small event in her back garden, raising £120. She has since helped raise over £60,000 for various charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and us here at Live Life Then Give Life.
Emily has never stopped campaigning and in 2006 did her biggest fundraiser to date, where she left her hospital bed to take part in a 5K challenge, using a wheelchair and oxygen to help her complete the course and raising over £20,000.
Emily says “I love fundraising; it gives me such a buzz knowing that I’m doing something proactive for causes I care so much about. I was absolutely stunned to win at the Justgiving awards last night and completely overwhelmed. I’m hugely grateful to all those who continue to support me in my fight to raise awareness and funds for both Cystic Fibrosis and Organ Donation.”
Matt Coyne, our Vice-chairman says “I was wondering how someone so young could receive a Life Time Achievement award...I believe anyone that knows her, has listened to one of her talks or chatted to her in our online community, would be able to answer that question for me with ease.”
Live Life Then Give Life was created to raise awareness of organ donation and the chronic lack of organ donors in the UK. We aim to encourage people to think and talk about organ donation.
LLTGL helps give those affected by transplant a voice within the media, educates the public and supports those in need of a vital transplant, which due to the terrible shortage of donors in the UK may never come.