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Emma Harris

Click on the names below to read about our trustees at Live Life Then Give Life.

>Emily Thackray
Chairman

>Matt Coyne
Vice-Chairman

>Jenny Dickinson
Secretary

>Mandy Venters
Treasurer

>Pops Barham
Trustee

>Holly Shaw
Trustee

>Emma Harris
Trustee (on maternity leave)
Emma Harris (33) lives in Wiltshire with her husband and her much loved Westie dog. Both she and her brother were born with Cystic Fibrosis at a time when most sufferers died in childhood and neither were expected to reach secondary school age. However, thanks to constant intensive treatment and monitoring, Emma had a relatively healthy and active childhood. Despite this, her health has deteriorated more significantly over the last 10 years and fighting the condition now takes up a significant proportion of her life.

This has not, however, affected her desire to succeed and to make a difference. Over the last two years she has challenged her energies into charity work – setting up and running ‘Live Life Then Give Life’, working as a Trustee for the children’s transplant charity, Gift, and fulfilling her role as Ambassador for the Simone Cowland Trust.

Emma has spoken to many audiences about organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis including those at the Scottish Parliament, and the House of Lords. She is also regularly asked to voice her opinion on such subjects within the media.

Her love of fundraising has seen her helping to organize and host major charity events including the ‘Laughter for Life!’ comedy night which raised £20,000 for Harefield Hospital and a star-studded ball at the Dorchester which raised over £100,000 for the Simone Cowland Trust.

Emma says that some of the most profound moments in her life have been in seeing the miraculous transformation that organ transplants have had on friends of hers who were within weeks of dying. But the loss of yet more friends who never got that chance is what motivates her to continue to reduce the desperate shortage of donors in the UK.

“Each year I lose more special friends who are desperately in need of transplants to save them. It’s heartbreaking to know that they could have been saved if only more people were signed up as organ donors. Transplants don’t just save lives, they completely transform them. There really is no greater gift that any of us can give than the 'Gift of Life'."