Singing to thank my organ donor

Iyabo Congreaves, liver transplant survivor singing in a concert with Aled Jones

Iyabo Congreaves, liver transplant survivor singing in a concert with Aled Jones

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A woman is to sing her heart out in a star-studded concert tonight to thank the organ donor who gave her a second chance at life.

Iyabo Congreaves, aged 39, is part of a unique choir of transplant survivors in the Donate Life gig at Sheffield City Hall.

She will feature alongside singers Aled Jones and Matt Cardle, to raise awareness of organ donation - after receiving a new liver because of a rare form of cancer last year.

Iyabo particularly wants to highlight the topic among the black and Asian communities, a sector which has a very low percentage of people signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

This is despite the fact that people from the communities are more likely to need a transplant because they are more susceptible to illnesses such as diabetes and kidney disease.

Iyabo, who lives in Sheffield city centre, said: “I want to raise awareness of organ donation, especially in the black and Asian communities where people don’t seem to donate as much.

“But also I want to say thank you to the donor and his family for my new life.”

Iyabo, who used to work with cancer patients at Weston Park Hospital before she was diagnosed, had her surgery in Leeds last November.

She is still off work because of complications following surgery, but hopes to take part in the British Transplant Games next year when she has fully recovered.

The Star’s Gift of Life campaign aims to recruit 12,000 organ donors from Sheffield before the Westfield Health Games start in the city in August.

To buy tickets for the Donate Life concert call the Sheffield City Hall box office on 0114 278 9789.

To sign up as an organ donor call 0300 123 23 23, text SAVE to 84118 or go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk to register online.

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