The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

1,500 Leeds students gather to celebrate hero Hoshi

11 January 2019

School backs Be A Hero campaign after the Year 7 pupil donated five organs

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic loss of 12-year old Hoshi Naylor, a student from The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL). Hoshi lost her life in a road accident in January 2018 and heroically donated five organs to four people in need of a transplant. Since a young age she had shown her support and advocacy for organ donation and had made her final wishes known to her parents.

Over 1500 students and staff members from GSAL congregated on their sports pitch in memory of their former classmate and pupil, and to show their support for organ donation. The school recorded a time-lapse video of the formation and captured some impressive aerial photos.

The formation captured the words ‘Be A Hero’, which signifies the campaign led by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which has been driving awareness about organ donation in the Yorkshire region since 2015 and has encouraged thousands of residents to sign the organ donation register. The campaign is now focusing on encouraging Yorkshire residents to talk about their organ donation wishes and have the ‘Organ Donation Conversation’, as ultimately, it is next of kin who consent to donation whether somebody has signed the register or not.

GSAL Pupils Form Be A Hero Message to Mark Anniversary of Organ Donor 2

GSAL is working closely with the organ donation clinicians and specialists who lead the Be A Hero campaign at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to implement educational sessions on organ donation. These sessions ensure their students can address and understand the subject and ask any questions they may have around it.

When her parents, Emma Settle and Lloyd Naylor, were faced with the tragic loss of Hoshi, they knew that they wanted to donate her organs having always encouraged an open conversation about the subject.

Emma commented: “Our advice to everyone is to have a talk with your family when your children are young, as having that difficult conversation while you have the chance can help to do a lot of good.

“Our daughter has potentially saved or improved four lives, but ultimately her actions affect hundreds – the families, friends, schools and communities. When it comes to organ donation, there is a much bigger picture, which Hoshi helped us to see.

“We have always been proud of her, and now knowing that she has done this, she has left her legacy in medicine, which was what she would have wanted.”

Helen Stansfield, GSAL’s Senior Deputy Head, Pastoral, said: “The sudden loss of Hoshi was an awful shock to the community. Knowing that she went on to make a huge difference to so many people’s lives is uplifting, and she leaves behind a lasting legacy.

“We are hoping that the school will lead the way on education in organ donation and we will be working closely with the Be A Hero campaign.”

To demonstrate the power of consent rate, over the past year in Leeds alone, 39 people donated 120 organs after death, compared to 28 people donating 92 organs in 2016/17. In 2017/18, 108 patients received a life changing transplant, an increase from 81 in 2016/17.

Across Yorkshire and the Humber this has also increased, with 300 organs donated after death in 2016/17 and 447 in 2017/18. 318 Yorkshire residents received a life changing transplant in 2017/18.

To find out more about organ donation, please visit www.leedsth.nhs.uk/beahero You can also sign up to the donor register by calling 0300 123 23 23.

You can make a charitable donation to the Be A Hero campaign, which raises awareness of organ donation within Yorkshire, by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bahy1