Family set up charity in memory of boy who donated organs


Finlay's Friends will provide comfort kits to families struck by medical emergency

7th August 2017 by Gareth Jones 0 Comments

The family of a boy whose organs transformed the lives of others are setting up a charity.

Finlay Bennett died in 2014 after a short battle with meningitis.

His parents allowed the eight-year-old’s organs to be donated, helping to save the lives of six others.

Now his family want to help others who are plunged into a medical crisis, and have set up Finlay’s Friends.

They will provide comfort kits which contain items such as blankets, socks, shower gel and a teddy bear.

Teaming up with the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, the packs will be donated later this month and will cost up to £14,000 to provide every year.

Finlay’s father, David, 40, said: “We want to let families know that are going through something similar that there is help there and we also want to provide awareness for organ donation.

“Jen (Finlay’s mother) slept on a sofa at the hospital and obviously had to leave the house in a rush so didn’t have many things with her.

“You live your normal day-to-day life with everything around you but when something like this happens, that all gets forgotten.

“So the idea of having comfort kits means families get a bit of help and know there is support for them there.”

The family have already raised more than £150,000 in memory of Finlay, and have undertaken a number of projects.


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