A memorial garden to remember and recognise organ donors from the island is planned at Noble’s Hospital.
The hospital’s Organ Donation Committee wants to create a large rock garden in a designated garden area near the front door of the complex, and has started fundraising to raise £5,000 to get it started.
Committee member Diane Taylor, whose son Daniel’s gift helped to save and improve the lives of four others, said: ‘This memorial garden is to remember and honour those who have given life to others and we want to really make this a special place to give Isle of Man families renewed pride for their loved ones.’
The rock garden will have a main feature stone to be engraved incorporating both the Isle of Man and organ donation. Smaller individual stones engraved with each donor name will be placed around the centre piece.
Families of organ donors will be contacted to see if they would like their loved one to be included.
The committee is inviting anyone who would like their loved one to be included to write to Noble’s Hospital addressed to ‘The Organ Donation Committee’ or send a private message on Diane’s Facebook page ‘Organ Donation Isle of Man - The Gift of Life’.
Diane works at Manx Telecom, which has started off the fundraising with a dress down day and a £400 donation through its ‘Its Your Community Awards Scheme’.
The first public fundraiser takes place next Wednesday with an Italian and Bowling evening in Ramsey.
To raise awareness, team ‘igiveyoumyheart.org’ made up of committee members Dr David Walker and Ian Hughes along with Phil Marshall, whose wife Sarah is on the transplant waiting list are competing in the Parish Walk.
The committee will be at signing on nights for the event with water bottles and to answer questions about organ donation, as well as at the finishing point in Peel. A collection box will be available.
Make cheques payable to ‘Organ Donation Memorial’.