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£14,083raised of £10,000 target by 516 supporters

    Weʼve raised £14,083 to support the Adult Cystic Fibrosis ward at St James' Hospital Leeds and the Transplant Ward at Freeman Hospital Newcastle.

    York
    Funded on Friday, 5th April 2019

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    Story

    Sam Smith was born in 1979 with cystic fibrosis and only expected to live into his teenage years. With remarkable support from the cystic fibrosis ward in Leeds he survived into his early 30s. Then, in early 2011, when very ill, a double lung transplant in Newcastle restored him to health and gave him some wonderful years to spend with his family & friends. Sadly, a form of transplant rejection meant that in early 2019, Sam passed away with lung failure.

    Sam was a remarkable and inspirational man. Always upbeat and positive, always thinking about others. He touched so many lives - in his job working with some of the most disadvantaged communities in Leeds, and in his personal life where his caring, joyful attitude impressed everyone who knew him. Sam never let his illness define him, and even in his darkest times simply fought for a brighter tomorrow.

    Sam used every minute of life. He loved cooking and crafting, gaming and gardening. He travelled widely including trips to America, Morocco, Australia, Iceland, Spain, Disneyland, and many more. It was in Japan, in 2008, that Dave proposed to him. In 2010, they entered into a civil partnership, and in 2014 they adopted a little boy who joined their loving family.

    Family meant everything to Sam - his Mum and Dad, his brothers Stuart and Danny, and his grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles, all filled his thoughts. He was a loyal friend, who loved nothing more than a drink, a chat, a laugh and a story - he was much loved by all those who knew him.

    His dying wish was to give something back to the hospital wards that offered him so much. Donations can make massive differences to people who must spend long periods of time in a hospital room - DVD players, games consoles, free internet access, relatives' rooms, chill-out zones, patient kitchens. All donations will be spent in close liaison with the two wards.

    A great husband, an amazing Pop, a loving family member and a wonderful friend. Sam is much missed by so many.

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    • David Smith2 months ago
      David Smith

      David Smith

      2 months ago

      As the fund continues to grow, I just wanted to reassure people that all proceeds, including those above the target, will go to Sam's designated causes of the two hospital wards. If the wards were, for any reason, unable to use all of the extra funds raised in supporting their key patient/relative focussed projects, any remainder would be donated to the CF Trust.

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    • David Smith2 months ago
      David Smith

      David Smith

      2 months ago

      Its unbelievable that in such a short time we have raised over £10,000 for Sam's chosen causes. He would have been so excited! I only wish I could share the news with him. Thank you all so much - it means the world.

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    • David Smith2 months ago
      David Smith

      David Smith

      2 months ago

      I can't believe £1000 was raised in only an hour. It's incredible - but so was Sam! Please do keep donating - all proceeds will go to the wards to spend in the ways they feel.most useful in order to help support CF patients, transplant patients and their families to make their lives easier at difficult times

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    Supporters

    516

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 28, 2019

    • Lawrence Johnson

      Lawrence Johnson

      Mar 26, 2019

      £50.00

    • Hazel Phillips

      Hazel Phillips

      Mar 26, 2019

    • Alice Banks

      Alice Banks

      Mar 23, 2019

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Mar 22, 2019

      Donations from the Chemistry Admin Team 'Bake-Off'. Thinking of you, Dave

      £65.00

    • Sarah

      Sarah

      Mar 20, 2019

      Stumbled across your twitter account and was touched by your family's story, your caring words, and your loving way with the 6yo. Wish you both well.

      £20.00

    • Angela Longman

      Angela Longman

      Mar 18, 2019

      I only met Sam a few times, but he touched my heart - he was fun and easy to talk to. Fond memories of talking with him about gardening and the allotment. Dave my thoughts are with you and Dexter.

      £20.00

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    David Smith

    David Smith

    York

    Academic at University of York, Husband of Sam Smith, Dad to a 6yo.

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