Eunice is married to Derek who is also a strong supporter of the Donor Family Network. Sadly they lost their eldest daughter Kirstie in December 2011 and in 2015 Eunice joined the Network as Secretary. Eunice works local to their home in Kent for a family run business as the company accounts manager. Eunice and Derek have another daughter Natalie who is married with two sons. As a family they are immensely proud of what Kirstie has done, both for the recipients and their family and friends.
Jane and David Nix live in Birmingham. Jane is a retired nurse; having worked many years in learning disabilities undertaking projects to improve the way services are delivered. David is a retired police officer and now runs his own business moving trucks around the country. Jane and David founded the Donor Family Network in 1997 following the death of their daughter Rebecca who died in a road traffic collision in Connecticut USA at the age of 21 and became a multi-tissue donor. Rebecca had carried a donor card from the age of 7. She was training in hotel management when she decided to take a year out and work in USA. Due to the care and advice they received in USA Jane and David decided to find out more about support for families. After becoming a registered charity in 2003 the Donor Family Network has become the major charity supporting donor families. Jane and David also have a son Stuart who is very proud of his sister. He works as an electrician and fencing manufacturer.
Susan & Nigel Burton
Treasurer (Susan) Vice Chairman (Nigel)
Sue and Nigel live in Grantham in Lincolnshire. Nigel is the Vice-Chairman and Sue the Treasurer for the Donor Family Network. Sue and Nigel have a son Christopher, who is married and has two children. Nigel is retired and Sue is a Costs Lawyer in Grantham. Their youngest son Martin died following a major brain haemorrhage in August 2003 when he was 16. He became a multiple organ donor. They first came in contact with the Donor Family Network at the National Gathering in 2005 and became Trustees in 2006. They believe that the Trustees make a difference to the lives of those who’s loved ones gave the Gift of Life, by offering support and compassion.
Jim & Andrea Fallow
Jim, Linda, and daughter Andrea became a donor family in 2001 when Iain died aged 18 due to complications following brain surgery. He became a multiple organ donor and also donated skin and bone for grafting. For a couple of years after that, they were part of a local support group in the Northwest organised by the transplant co-ordinators and assisted in organising a memorial service at Manchester Cathedral. They attended the opening ceremony of the transplant games in Bolton and also went to the track and field events where they were amazed and inspired by all the competitors. As with so many other Donor Families, they attended that exceptional day at the National Arboretum when the Gift of Life memorial was unveiled. During conversations with the other Trustees that day, particularly David Nix, Jim and Andrea were invited to become Trustees which they accepted. Andrea is a nurse on the neo natal surgical ward at Alderhey children’s hospital in Liverpool and, as this was one of the hosts for the 2016 games, she was invited (with others) to light the flame of the games which she readily accepted. Jim spent most of his working life in area management in the pub and restaurant industry, mainly in the Northwest and North Wales.
Julie & Alex Forbes
Julie and Alex have both retired and have been Trustees of the Donor Family Network since 2012. They have been a donor family since 2007 following the donation of organs, bone and tissue by their son Robert, who passed away aged 20 years from a road collision. Whilst Robert did not carry a donor card his wishes were well known .Julie and Alex have three daughters, Vicky, Jennifer and Marie, five grandsons and two granddaughters. Julie worked with children, starting in a playgroup, then supporting children in the local high school for a combined total of 32 years. Alex worked on front line accident and emergency ambulance for 23 years, He then moved into high schools as a mentor for the remaining 14 years of working life, also serving as a school governor for 42 years. Both enjoy travelling the country with their touring caravan.
Jayne has worked in the field organ donation for 14 years. She first became aware of the DFN in 2001 when a Trustee attended an educational event and has since then encouraged her SN-OD colleagues to promote the DFN to all donor families. She is aware of the need for donor families to be able to share experiences. She joined the charity as a Trustee in 2014. Jayne is currently employed as a Team Manager for the Yorkshire Donation Services Team. Jayne has two sons, Andrew and Jack.