Caring Sheffield woman Alison gives new life to five

Gloria and Alf Geldard with a photo of their daughter Alison
Gloria and Alf Geldard with a photo of their daughter Alison
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ALISON Geldard’s tragic death gave the gift of life to five people - including a tiny baby boy just six days old.

Alison, from Westfield in Sheffield, had decided she wanted to donate her organs long before she died suddenly of meningitis last year.

The caring 34-year-old, who had Down’s Syndrome, had seen a TV programme about organ donation - and told her parents Alf and Gloria she wanted to join the national donor register.

And when she was taken from them suddenly on Valentine’s Day last year, her devastated parents agreed to abide by her wishes.

Her dad Alf, 71, said: “Alison was so full of life. Agreeing to donate her organs was the hardest thing we have ever done - your worst nightmare.”

But their decision saved the lives of not just a tiny infant but of three women and a man.

Each has a part of Alison living on inside them - her kidneys, liver, part of her pancreas and a heart valve which saved the baby boy in the first week of his life.