Search

Hockey: Wilson praises organ donation as opt-out plan is launched

PUBLISHED: 13:30 15 December 2017

A smiling Tom Wilson celebrates a goal with Old Loughtonians team-mates against Havering at Campion School, one month before his tragic death in a training ground accident (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

A smiling Tom Wilson celebrates a goal with Old Loughtonians team-mates against Havering at Campion School, one month before his tragic death in a training ground accident (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 8450 946026

Lisa Wilson spoke of her late son Tom’s decision to donate his organs this week as health secretary Jeremy Hunt launched a new opt-out plan in England, writes Lee Power.

Tom Wilson donated his organs following his tragic death in December 2015Tom Wilson donated his organs following his tragic death in December 2015

Under the plans, everybody in England would be presumed happy to donate their organs after death, unless they have signed up to a register saying otherwise.

And Hornchurch mum Wilson says she has taken great comfort in knowing her 22-year-old son Tom, who died after a tragic hockey accident in December 2015, has been able to help others.

“I knew very little about organ donation. To me it was about major organs in the body and I found out there was so much more that Tom could donate from valves, long bones to help people walk again, skin tissue for skin grafts where people have had terrible burns,” she said in one of three interviews on different BBC Radio stations earlier this week.

“There is so much more than the major organs and we just said yes, Tom would want you to take everything, retrieve anything that could help anybody.

“When people talk about how many people Tom helped, he helped save and transform the lives of probably up to 50 people and I certainly didn’t know that about organ donation until this happened to my wonderful Tom.

“It’s brought my daughter Pippa and I great comfort to know from an end has come a beginning. From Tom’s tragic death there’s now a little toddler running around who was very close to death, who received a part of Tom’s liver.

“There’s a man who was the recipient of Tom’s heart, who has now seen his grandchildren grow up and is enjoying retirement.

“It gives my goosebumps to think that Tom gave the ultimate gift, the gift of life, it didn’t cost him anything but people are out there now living because of Tom.”

Prime Minister Theresa May announced in October that the Government will shift towards an organ donation system in England which presumes consent.

Hunt said: “We want as many people as possible to have their say as we shape the new opt-out process. It can be a difficult subject to broach, but overcoming this fatal reluctance to talk openly about our wishes is key to saving many more lives in future.”

Donations can be made to the Tom Wilson Memorial Fund (registered charity 1171856) online.

Latest East London Sports News

35 minutes ago

Wadi Camacho upset the odds to claim the biggest win of his career at York Hall as he took the Commonwealth cruiserweight belt.

13:00

Wapping’s men and women celebrated hard-fought wins in their latest East League outings at the weekend.

A chance to win a perfect book for West Ham fans just in time for Christmas

The big Hammers striker played 45 minutes in a friendly at Brentford and is looking for a place on the bench for Saturday

11:00

Leyton Orient captain Jobi McAnuff has heaped praise on forward duo Macaulay Bonne and Josh Koroma after the pair both netted in their 3-1 win against Bromley.

10:00

Tower Hamlets manager AJ Ashanike has mixed emotions after Stansted victory and Enfield defeat this weekend.

Yesterday, 17:00

Bromley manager Neil Smith feels his side were unlucky to lose 3-1 to league leaders Leyton Orient.

Yesterday, 14:00

Harry Redknapp is currently taking part in the latest series of I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

PROMOTED CONTENT

Are you a landlord looking for a fixed rental income, paid whether the property is empty or not? Steve Westley, general manager at estate agents Elliot Leigh, explains their Guaranteed Rent Scheme and how it takes the stress out of letting your property.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now