Jess saves lives with organ donations

Jess Danby
Jess Danby

A kind-hearted teenager who tragically died in a road collision has saved lives by donating her organs.

Jess Danby, 19, died as a result of a collision on the A52 at Wyberton Fen last month.

It was not until her parents asked about signing a consent form for organ donation that they were told young Jess had already registered herself as a donor.

“She had a real passion to help everybody, I’m so proud of her,” said mum Dawn Ducker.

“Jess’ organs went on to help four other people. Two women in their 60s, one in their 50s and one in their 30s.

“It gives me some comfort to know she has helped other people. She has changed their lives with her donation - and saved those families from going through what we went through.”

Both Dawn and Jess’ father Jim Danby are now registered donors and are keen to emphasise the importance of others donating to help save lives.

“I have started to give blood now as well,” said Dawn, “I used to years ago, but have started again.”

Some 6,707 people in the UK are currently waiting for organ donations. Fewer than 5,000 people die each year in circumstances where they can donate their organs.

Jess, from Donington, was a former pupil of Kirton Middlecott Academy, an aspiring actress and an employee at Caffe Nero in Boston.

She was also passionate about helping the homeless in Boston - and had been in contact with the town’s Centrepoint Outreach charity with ideas of how she could help.

Centrepoint’s chief executive Liz Hopkins praised Jess for having a ‘strong desire to help those less fortunate than herself’.

A Caffe Nero spokesman added: “Jess was the nicest person you could hope to meet.

“She was bubbly, bright, and loved by her team and customers at Caffe Nero Boston.”

Money raised at Jess’ funeral was donated to Centrepoint Outreach and Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where she was treated.

To register as an organ donor visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk/