JACQUELINE Brooksbank has a very special reason to be delivering toys to the children’s ward at Huddersfield Royal this Christmas.
In November 2010 the mum-of-two had a kidney transplant.
Now, after celebrating her kidney’s “first birthday” in November, she has donated a bunch of toys to the children's ward at HRI.
The toys were given to her by friends at the Union of Catholic Mothers.
Jacqueline, 42, from Cowlersley, said: “I have a life now and feel like I am living again, but I also recognise that I owe my new life to someone else who passed away.
“I wanted to give something back and we thought this would be a suitable way with a fun twist too. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”
Jacqueline was known at hospital as “miracle lady” as just five days after joining the organ waiting list she was called for her transplant surgery at St James’ Hospital, Leeds, as a match was found almost straight away.
She had been having kidney dialysis three times a week for 10 years at St Luke’s Hospital, Huddersfield, after suffering kidney failure following a severe infection.
Her friends at the Union of Catholic Mothers at the Immaculate Heart of Mary, St Joseph’s at Aspley, led by president Margaret Waterworth, have been constant source of support.
They organised the toy collection and also held a fundraiser and sent money to Kidney Research and the Wish List charity, which helps children who have lost loved ones who have been organ donors.
Jacqueline is a big supporter of the Organ Donation campaign to boost numbers on the organ register.
She was formerly on the staff at the Galpharm Stadium and will be attending the Town match on January 14 against Oldham, dedicated to promoting organ donation.
Jacqueline is a hospital volunteer at Huddersfield Royal and helps out in the ante-natal unit. She has a son Richard, 22, and daughter Stephanie, 21, who have helped her through her illness over the years and are now seeing their mum well again.
She added: “I want to thank all my family and friends for their support through my illness and recovery.
“I would urge everyone to consider organ donation and sign up if you want to make a difference to families all over the country like us.”
For more details on how to become a donor go to www.cht.nhs.uk.