Welcome to The Lost Sheep! My name is Joyce and this is a little of my story.
In March 2012 I was diagnosed with a rare lung disease called IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) – find out more about it here https://www.blf.org.uk/Page/IPF-Week – and given approx 3 years to live. IPF causes scarring on the lungs for no known reason which makes breathing increasingly difficult and I had to be on supplementary oxygen 24/7. There is no cure for IPF and I was told my only medical hope would be a double lung transplant.
By the grace of God, the incredible gift from a stranger and an amazing medical team, I was fortunate to receive that transplant on 1.1.14. I will be forever grateful to my donor and their family, who in their darkest hour brought light back into mine and my family’s life.
However, whilst I have been fortunate, in the UK alone, 3 people a day die whilst waiting for their transplant due to lack of donors, so I came up with the idea of The Lost Sheep to help promote awareness of organ donation.
The idea is the little, brave sheep leave home and set out into the big, wild world wearing nothing but their coat, a label and a cheery expression. Hopefully a kind and curious person, like many of us are, find a sheep, read the label and pop online to find out more. Whilst online it’s easy to click on https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk (go on, give it a click – you know you want to!) to find out information about organ donation and then can quickly sign the Organ Donor Register (ODR) if they wish – it only takes a moment.
SO HOW ABOUT
YOUR mission, should you choose to accept it: Would you please consider signing the ODR? (It’s http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk just incase you missed it the first time!) And/or maybe you could help to increase our flock?
Your sheep can be knitted, crocheted, made from fabric, paper or even wood; there are patterns in the Downloads if you need them. You can make as many as you like and leave them wherever you like – take them on holiday, leave them in a park, a library, a pub or on a bus (but possibly avoid leaving them at airports!). Contact your friends home and abroad and ask them to do the same.
Register to post your sheep photos on here or email: email@example.com and we’ll make them missing – let’s see how many are found!
But be warned they are so cute and brave that it’s very hard to let them go. But go they must – they were made for such a mission as this!
Please consider joining in. We could be the answer to someone’s prayer.
Joyce and The Lost Sheep!