Hospital rose gardens in memory of organ donors unveiled during National Transplant Week
11 July 2014
Hundreds of Yorkshire organ donors who helped give the gift of life to others after their death are being commemorated by memorial rose gardens at St James’s University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.
Fragrant white 'Soham' roses were chosen for each of the small gardens, which are located outside the Chapel at St James's and close to the Great George Street entrance at the Infirmary.
In each location is a plaque is in place explaining they have been planted "In loving memory of all those who have given the gift of life to others through organ donation".
The plaque at St James's was unveiled this week by a small group including Mrs Fran Peace, from Wakefield, whose son Greg died tragically at the age of 19 six years ago. His organs were used to give the gift of life to others.
Fran explained that knowing her son’s organs had benefitted others had given her great comfort: "It helped me an awful lot in coming to terms with Greg's death because it is something very positive to come out of a tragedy," she said.
"Looking back I know it was a simple thing to do and it saved several lives. We hadn’t talked about it beforehand as a family but we felt it was what Greg would have wanted because of his personality and caring nature.
"My husband Chris and I felt greatly supported by the specialist nurse for organ donation at the hospital who counselled us. We felt very cared about and that Greg was cared for too with a special person looking after our son.
"I'd urge other families to talk about this issue now and make sure everyone knows their wishes."
Fran is a member of a group at Leeds Teaching Hospitals which works to increase publicity and awareness of organ donation.
For more information and to register as a donor visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk