I was diagnosed with early onset emphysema in my 30's due to Alpha 1 Anti-Trypsin Deficiency and unfortunately the disease progressed to the point where I was on oxygen 100% of the time. After just a matter of weeks on the transplant list at Harefield, I was lucky enough to receive my new lungs on March 31st 2012. A date I shall never forget!
My new lungs have given me a whole new lease of life and valuable time with my family. I have been able to travel, try new hobbies, live in France for a while and live life to the full. Now, back England, I have no intention of slowing down!
But none of this would ever had been possible without the selfless act of my donor - and so, in honour of them, their brave family and the incredible medical care that I continue to receive, I want to celebrate my ten year double lung transplant anniversary by fundraising to help continue the amazing work at Harefield Hospital and to raise awareness of lifesaving organ donation.

I will aim to walk ten miles a week for ten weeks at my local gym culminating in the completion of 100 miles on the 31st March – the ten year anniversary of my transplant. The 10/10/10 Challenge!

I cannot think of anything more fitting than to use my lungs in a physical challenge to raise these all important funds. Please give as much or as little as you can as every penny donated will go straight to the Hospital.

Amanda Hallworth