Harry’s Lunch raised £3,565 plus Waitrose raised an additional £485 via its Community Charity scheme which brings the total to £4050. This may well increase as Dialaflight, in addition to donating our star silent auction prize of a Weekend for Two to Paris, have also offered to donate a further £20 per booking to the charity for guests who book travel services with them. Thank you to all who came and all who through donations and bids supported the event for the Oxford Transplant Foundation.
Harry's own organs were donated via the Oxford Transplant Foundation at the John Radcliffe Hospital and we hope that the event raised awareness of the organ donor scheme and highlight the ongoing need for organs.
The speakers were very moving and we would like to thank Peter Marshall CMG OBE and Miranda Dodwell. Peter is Chairman of Oxford Transplant Foundation and he spoke about the work of the Foundation & the need for more people to register with the Organ Donor scheme & inform others' of their wishes. Peter has firsthand experience as his wife had her first kidney transplant in the 1960s
Also representing the charity was Carol Bradford on behalf of Professor Friend, Founder of the OTF ll: the recipient of a kidney.
Miranda gave a heartfelt talk about her experiences - her sister donated - and about how wonderful it was just to feel normal and be able to do normal everyday things. In addition to Miranda there were at least 3 others at the lunch who had also received kidneys, one person within the last 12 months.
Miranda has supported Harry's Lunch since their beginning in 2007.
The Raffle & Silent Auction raised a large proportion of the funds and could not have been achieved without people's generosity - of time as well as money - individuals, High St businesses and organisations in Marlow & Oxford, Dialaflight, internet gift companies and of course our guests. A full list of the silent auction prizes & donors is listed here.
Wendi Parcell (joint organiser) said 'It's a fabulous sum and it shows how many wonderful people there are out there. I feel privileged to be a part of Harry's Lunch and as always will remember him and the fun he and my daughter Livvy had together.'
Pictures of the lunch can be found here
You can register for organ donation here