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A special Christmas thank you for David’s organ donor

City Hospital patient David Limb is giving a special thank you this Christmas to the person who transformed his life – his organ donor. David has dedicated a Christmas light to his donor as part of Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s annual ‘Lights to Celebrate’ scheme.

People from across the East Midlands can celebrate the life of someone special by dedicating and sponsoring a light on one of our Trees of Light, at either the City Hospital or Queen’s Medical Centre, during the festive period.

People can dedicate a light to a loved one who has passed away, or to a special person whose life they want to celebrate. You can choose which ward, area or appeal your donation goes towards, meaning that by dedicating a light, you will be able to help the cause that is closest to your heart.

David Limb chose to support the Renal Unit at the City Hospital by dedicating a light in memory of his organ donor. David has been treated at the Renal Unit since 2007 and was undergoing dialysis while waiting for nine months for a kidney and pancreas transplant, which he received in April this year from an unknown donor.

“All we know about him is that he was a 43-year-old male who had passed away and signed up to be an organ donor,” explains David. “I think about him every day – he’s changed my life.”

Last Christmas David was an inpatient at the City Hospital, suffering from pneumonia, but this Christmas he’ll be at home with his wife and two young daughters, aged five and eight.

“It’s made a massive difference to us as a family,” says David. “It’s given us our lives back. This Christmas will be so special.”

Anyone sponsoring a Lights to Celebrate light is invited to include a written dedication in the Nottingham Hospitals Charity Book of Life, which is available for viewing during December and January.

David’s dedication to his unknown donor reads: “Our thoughts are with your family every day but without you donating our lives wouldn’t be the same. Thank you for giving me a new life.”

To sponsor a light or for more information about Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Lights to Celebrate scheme, please call us on 0115 962 7905, or email

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