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    Weʼve raised £1,460 to help Holly and Ricky through Ricky's kidney transplant whilst Holly fights life-long Cystic Fibrosis.

    Essex
    Funded on Monday, 23rd October 2017

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    Story

    Holly has Cystic Fibrosis-every day since she was born she has struggled with the disease and fought ill health and disability. Sadly, Holly lost her partner Greg to the same disease in 2010. After 4 years of being single, at Christmas 2013 she finally met "the one"; Ricky, a strong, strapping lad and keen football player who could look after her.

    In September 2015 he proposed and they began planning their dream wedding. But in Dec 15 Ricky became ill out of the blue and by Feb 16 just weeks after booking the wedding he was diagnosed with kidney failure. Suddenly they were looking at an uncertain future for both of them with ill-health, hospitals and hardship threatening their dreams of careers, having their own home and starting a family. Despite all of this this they have both battled to stay in work, but Ricky was put on the kidney transplant waiting list earlier this year and is now on dialysis 4 times a week and Holly continues to deal with her failing health.

    There is some good news though; Ricky's Mum has proven to be a suitable match and will be donating one of her kidneys to him! However, this means that they will be losing income, using up sickness leave, holiday and unpaid leave at work, and are facing a really tough time to stay in the house they rent and to make ends meet. The only way to get any benefits would be to give up their jobs but this would mean losing everything at a time when they need stability the most and they have both worked so hard to stay at work despite many challenges and feeling constantly unwell.

    We believe these two very brave and stoic young people have been dealt a tough hand and so In order to help make the stressful and worrying period of Ricky's operation and recovery a little bit easier we would like to raise enough money to pay for Holly's accommodation close to Addenbrookes Hospital plus travel costs etc.and maybe a little bit more!!

    We hope you think so too!
    Many thanks

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    • Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky1 year ago
      Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky

      Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky

      1 year ago

      Fantastic news!! In the early hours of the morning on Sunday 1st October Ricky received a new kidney!! Thanks to selfless, compassionate act of a deceased donor and their family he now has the chance to get his own life back! There are still obstacles to overcome and at less than 2 days post-op there is still a way to go but at the moment he is doing well with his beloved Holly by his side, and with the support of his Mum, Jan and the rest of his extended family and friends we are keeping our fingers crossed for his speedy recovery!

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    • Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky1 year ago
      Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky

      Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky

      1 year ago

      Ricky is also on the active transplant list for an organ from a deceased donor. In the UK refusal of consent from family after the death of a loved one is still the biggest obstacle to organ donation and we have one of the lowest rates of family consent in Europe and according to the NHS Blood and Transplant agency this has a lot to do with families not knowing the explicit wishes of their loved ones. So please: THINK about it, TALK about it, JOIN the register! https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-your-details/

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    • Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky1 year ago
      Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky

      Friends & Family of Holly & Ricky

      1 year ago

      This week Ricky & Holly had to deal with the news that, for medical reasons, his transplant has been postponed for a second time.This means that they are still battling on with no new date as yet. It's getting tougher and tougher for them to keep up with the everyday stuff we take for granted, every Saturday night out for this pair means a trip to the dialysis unit in Bury St Edmunds getting home around 11pm exhausted. But Holly's motto is still "Choose Happiness!" and that's what they do!! Kirsten xxx

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    Supporters

    37

    • Carole  Bowler

      Carole Bowler

      Oct 4, 2017

      Wishing you and your family jan the very best.x

      £10.00

    • Marian Allen

      Marian Allen

      Oct 3, 2017

      Sending loads of love and good wishes xx

      £20.00

    • caroline szabo

      caroline szabo

      Oct 3, 2017

      wishing you a speedy recovery Ricky. best wishes Caroline Kallum&Caitlan x

    • Helen Galloway

      Helen Galloway

      Oct 2, 2017

      Lots of love

      £20.00

    • J Hunt

      J Hunt

      Oct 2, 2017

      Sending lots of love, Jacky and Julian xx

      £20.00

    • R HINES

      R HINES

      Oct 2, 2017

      All the best mate

      £10.00

    • Scott Tyc

      Scott Tyc

      Oct 2, 2017

      I hope you both get stronger together after all this. You mean a lot to a lot of people.

      £50.00

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