Government agency backs transplant campaign in memory of baby

Jane McClelland signs up to the organ register at Weardale House, watched by colleagues Rachel Robson and Gemma Dutton.
Jane McClelland signs up to the organ register at Weardale House, watched by colleagues Rachel Robson and Gemma Dutton.
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A LIFESAVING campaign sparked by the death of a baby has been given a boost from a Government agency.

Staff based at the revenue and customs office in Washington have pledged their support to In Miley’s Memory.

The campaign was launched in February by the family of baby Miley Turbitt to encourage more people of all ages to sign up to the organ donation register.

The 14-week-old, who suffered from a severe form of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, died in November when a heart could not be found in time for a transplant.

Businesses and families affected by organ donation across the region have already showed their support for the campaign, run by Miley’s mother Sharon Eckert.

Now, the HMRC at Weardale House have come on board helping to promote the campaign during a health and wellbeing event held in its offices.

Rachel Robson, a support team manager at the base, said: “The health and wellbeing events are about raising awareness of lots of different things regarding the health and wellbeing of staff. It is the second event we have held and when I was told about In Miley’s Memory campaign I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to promote the campaign.’’

Anyone who would like to become an organ donor can do so by visiting www.organdonation.nhs.uk.