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Lucy’s thank you appeal reaches £5000

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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Lucy’s thank you appeal reaches £5000

A WARM welcome awaited Lucy Smith when she arrived back in Annan at the weekend after a successful heart transplant.

Friends and family were on hand with balloons, banners and hugs for the 22-year-old and her parents, Ashley and Robert.

It was an emotional homecoming for the family after a rollercoaster seven weeks in the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Glasgow, culminating in the transplant on May 4.

And now Lucy wants to give something back to everyone who cared for her and saved her life.

Along with her mum, she’s set up a gofundme page and has already raised £5002 for the ward she was on. The money will be used to buy much needed equipment for patients and their families, including computers, chair beds and overnight sleepers.

Posting an update on the page, Lucy said: “I’m so pleased to say my recovery is going really well.

“I can’t thank my donor family enough for giving me the best gift In life and to the Golden Jubilee for their exceptional care and dedication, they saved my life , I’ll always keep a special place in my heart for the whole team of doctors, nurses, ICU staff, all domestic staff, catering staff, hotel staff – everyone played a big part.

“This is the only heart transplant specialist hospital in Scotland. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic heart and lung service close to home.

“The reason I’d love to give something back is because thank you will never be enough.

“The goal would be to buy some overnight sleepers/chair beds. My mum and family often stayed overnight but sat on plastic chairs, not the comfiest.”

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