Eastbourne director releases organ donor film

James Newton, director
James Newton, director

A film director has made a film featuring his two best friends in a bid to raise awareness about organ donation.

James Newton, from Eastbourne, set out to film a story of his friend Sam’s successful organ transpalnt.

Sam and Luke SUS-151130-134521001

Sam and Luke SUS-151130-134521001

But Sam, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, passed away in 2013 after a three-year wait for a double lung tranplant.

The film documents Sam and her husband Luke’s life together as a newly-married couple in Basingstoke, before Luke is forced to continue life alone.

James Newton, director said: “I’ve seen how powerful stories can motivate audiences and I promised Sam that I would use her story to raise awareness of the urgent need for organ donors.”

Luke Yates, who is encourages others to donate their organs, said: “Sam had an appreciation of life that I didn’t. Having cystic fibrosis meant she wasn’t sure how long she’d live, so she embraced life fully.”

The film, called A Love Worth Giving, is being released on the same day that Wales becomes the first UK nation to introduce an organ donation system where consent is assumed – on December 1.

A spokeswoman for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, said: “There are more than 10,000 people in need of an organ transplant in the UK – and in the USA, that number is over 123,000.

“The World Health Organisation acknowledges that demand for organs outstrips supply in almost every country of the world.”

The trust said one in three people on the transplant list will die before an lung donor is found.

A Love Worth Giving was made with the support of backers on Kickstarter, a number of whom either have cystic fibrosis or are transplant recipients. Due to the risk of infection, they cannot gather in the same space, so as well as hosting a UK premiere viewers are being invited to watch it online at the same time at www.aloveworthgiving.com.

The team behind A Love Worth Giving worked with The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Live Life Give Life and Dying Matters – who are supporting the film with their experience and expertise.

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