A Scarborough woman is celebrating the finale of her fundraiaing campaign - which coincides with the 10th anniversary of her heart transplant.
During the past year, Amelia Scholey and her supporters have raised a massive £17,028 for two charities, The British Heart Foundation and Live Life then Give Life.
Amelia’s brother died suddenly in October 2001 from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and Amelia was diagnosed with restrictive cardiomyopathy.
This turned her life upside down. Amelia was told that unless she received a transplant she was not going to survive.
At just 14, it was a lot for Amelia to take in, but she soldered on. Shortly after her 15th birthday she got the call she desperately needed.
Now 10 years on Amelia wanted to celebrate with a challenge, so set up Amelia’s Campaign.
The campaign aimed to raise £10,000 in celebration of Amelia’s 10th transplant anniversary, but has smashed the target.
Amelia said “The support we have had has been amazing and it has all been so much fun. I can not thank everyone enough.
“The money we have raised is going to be used for vital research by the British Heart Foundation and Live Life Then Give Life.
“To have been given 10 extra years of life is just truly amazing, I would not of been able to do any of this if it was not for my organ donor and I can not thank them enough.”
Amelia’s Campaign finished the year off with a “Donor Desk” information stand in the Brunswick Centre and a party for everyone to come together and celebrate, raising another £120 and also getting 12 people to sign the Organ Donor Register.
Amelia said “The campaign might have finished but this will not be the end of my charity work.
“I am taking a bit of time out for now to focus on my newly established chocolate business, Amelia’s Chocolate, but I will be back fundraising and promoting organ donation in the near future.”
Emily Thackray, chief executive of Live Life Then Give Life, said: “We are delighted to be one of Amelia’s receiving charities and grateful to all those involved in raising these funds.
“As one of our advocates, Amelia works tirelessly to raise the profile of organ donation and help support those still waiting for a transplant.
“We’re so proud to have her as part of the Live Life Then Give Life team; she is a wonderful example of why thinking and talking about organ donation is so important.”
Sharon Oakley, The British Heart Foundation’s fundraising manager for Scarborough, said: “On behalf of the British Heart Foundation I wish to express my deep gratitude and appreciation to Amelia’s Campaign for this generous donation today.
“The charity can only continue its life-saving and life-changing work thanks to money raised by supporters like Amelia Scholey who are passionate about raising vital funds to help us beat heart disease.
“Her story and example are truly inspiration and it’s been a real pleasure to work with her.”
Around 10,000 people in the UK need a transplant to save or transform their lives, with over 7,600 on the active waiting list right now.