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PUBLISHED: 15:21 02 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:26 06 July 2010

St Mark's Wives - On September 21, 44 members of St Mark's Wives Group met in the church centre to hear about organ transplantation. The talk was introduced by Lynne Cousins whose mother had recently died and had donated her organs at the age of 73.

St Mark's Wives - On September 21, 44 members of St Mark's Wives Group met in the church centre to hear about organ transplantation. The talk was introduced by Lynne Cousins whose mother had recently died and had donated her organs at the age of 73. Lynne explained the process from her point of view and said it helped being able to carry out her mother's last wish. Members then heard from the transplant co-ordinator for this area, Marie Cherry, who said transplants were a miracle of modern medicine. At the present time there are over 8,000 people waiting for a transplant and the UK has one of the worst rates for organ donation and three people die every day waiting for one. A register of organ donors was started in 1994 and 27 per cent of the population have registered. This makes the decision easier but they always discuss it with the family first. Up to 20 recipients can benefit from one donation. Members heard from Sam from the eye bank who said there is a desperate need for corneas, mainly for people under 40. Keith, who had a kidney transplant 28 years ago spoke about the difference it had made to his life and to his family. The speakers were all thanked by Pam Browne.

The next meeting is on October 5 when Jane Bastow will be speaking on Otley to Chelsea. All ladies welcome.

Mothers' Union - Members of St Mark's and St Luke's Mothers Union met at St Mark's Church Hall on Wednesday, September 23. After a short service Josie Boddy invited member Carol Barnard to give a talk on twinning. Carol has been involved with the Plaisir Twinning Group for many years. She mentioned that the first twinning took place in 1920 and the twinning of Lowestoft and Plaisir was started in 1979. Some members have been in contact with their French friends for 30 years and usually the Lowestoft Group visit Plaisir in May and the French return visit is in July usually for five nights. She has enjoyed her stays in France as Plaisir is a lovely town and within travelling distance to Paris, to where a visit is always included in their trips. Carol brought with her several interesting objects she has obtained in Plaisir. Mrs Boddy thanked Carol and reminded members that the coach for the Cathedral service on October 7 will be picking up at St Mark's at 9.15am, returning to St Mark's about 3.30pm.

The meeting finished with tea and biscuits. New members are very welcome, the next meeting being on October 28 at St Mark's at 2.30pm when members are asked to bring questions for the any questions panel.

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