Jade’s family organ plea

Jade's sister Chloe is pictured at the tennis ttournament held to raise cash and awareness SUS-140209-165654001
Jade's sister Chloe is pictured at the tennis ttournament held to raise cash and awareness SUS-140209-165654001

The family of Eastbourne teenager Jade Allistone who died last month while waiting for a new heart are continuing to raise awareness of the lack of organ donors.

Fifteen-year-old Jade was on the live list waiting for a heart transplant when she passed away suddenly at the beginning of August.

Since then her family has been campaigning for more people to register to donate their organs should they die and want to see organ donation become compulsory unless people opt out as will be the case in Wales from next year.

From December 1 people living in Wales will need to register a decision not to be a donor.

Jade’s sister Chloe said the family was busy raising awareness and recently held a tennis tournament to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital where Jade spent several months.

Chloe and her friend Vanessa Bailey organised the tournament at Tennis in the Park and raised more than £700.

Chloe said, “We originally set out to raise a small amount of money and raise awareness of the great work that GOSH do in treating children, including Jade who was on the heart transplant list when she passed away. Nineteen club members signed up to play in the tournament, which lasted two hours, and was won by Eastbourne residents Bernie Metcalf as the best female player and the best male player was Neil Baker.”

The money was raised by players paying an entry fee and by sponsorship.

Jade was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition where the heart muscle becomes thickened, when she was 10.

Up until then the Ratton School student had played a lot of sport. She was given a new heart but her body rejected it after a year.

She received treatment but her body went into rejection again.

She went downhill and spent months at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London with other youngsters waiting for transplants.

Jade’s friends also organised a sponsored memorial walk last month in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation starting at the Sovereign Centre.