I'll keep going in JP's memory, vows mum
A MOTHER whose son died while waiting for a life-saving double lung transplant has said she "won't stop" until she gets 100,000 people to sign her petition to get the law on organ donation changed.
Jill Oxley, from Chaddlewood, lost her son at the beginning of September, as reported in The Herald.
Twenty-one-year-old Jon Paul Oxley, who had chronic cystic fibrosis, died following a lung infection. The charity campaigner had been on a waiting list for a life-saving double lung transplant for 19 months. Mrs Oxley has sinced launched a petition in the hope the Government will change the law to an opt-out system, meaning that everyone would automatically be an organ donor unless they chose not to be.
She has been tirelessly campaigning to get people to sign her petition over the last few weeks and has now received 1,000 signatures.
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She said: "Everyone has been so nice and I even had people who went to school with Jon Paul, as well as teachers and secretaries, driving up to Endsleigh Garden Centre just to sign my petition. Everyone has been so helpful.
"We're off to a promising start but I need another 99,000 signatures just to get my petition into Parliament. I'm going to carry on going no matter what.
"A lot of people have been touched by Jon Paul's story and I have genuinely been surprised by the support I've received.
"I'm all fired up, nothing is going to stop me from doing this. It was Jon Paul's wish and what Jon Paul wants he gets. I know he'd be so happy with what I'm doing. If he was here he'd be out there with me."
Mrs Oxley also recently wrote to David Cameron about her son's plight.
She has since received a reply and is now waiting to hear from the Health Minister.
She said: "I'm hoping the Government is going to help me. I've got it in my head that this is what I've got to do, I will go to the Speakers of the House of Commons next if I have to. So many people have told me they don't understand why it's not an opt-out system already. But we need more signatures."
The Herald's Gift of Life campaign, launched with the support of Jon Paul's family and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, aims to inspire another 1,000 city people to sign the Organ Donor Register. By visiting www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/giftoflife you can read all about the campaign and join up.
Alternatively visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, or call the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 2323. Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at contracted rate for local calls.
People can also join when they are registering for a driving licence, applying for a Boots Advantage card, registering at a GP surgery or registering for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC).