BELIEVE – ORGAN DONOR SUPPORT is a charity established by Anna-Louise Bates in memory of Stuart and Fraser (Bear) Bates aiming to promote and support Organ Donation across Wales and beyond. Anna-Louise Bates, whose son Fraser and husband Stuart were struck crossing a road in Talbot Green, established BELIEVE – ORGAN DONOR SUPPORT to encourage other families to discuss their wishes over organ donation.
When announcing her decision to form the charity Anna-Louise said:
“It was from our faith that we had a family discussion on organ donation and it is my belief that Fraser’s destiny was to give life even in death. Knowing my decision to donate organs was based on their expressed wishes to help other families has given me strength and incredible inner peace.”
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Anna-Louise is continuing to promote Believe and working hard towards receiving the required official charity status before embarking on the next phase of the Believe journey.
Since announcing the formation of the charity the word has been spreading rapidly both across the UK and the rest of the world. There are now 2 main ways the word is spreading, the Believe stance, and the travels of Fraser Bear. Both of these are powerful symbols which have captured the public imagination and are helping to bring the important message of organ donation to many more people. There are now a small army of people helping spread these message.
Ongoing media coverage of Believe – Organ Donor Support had continued to boost the profile of the charity and ensure that the message about the importance of organ donation and the discussion about organ donation continues to spread. The recent 5k event was exceedingly successful at furthering the awareness and fundraising for the charity and photos can be found on the site of the official event photographer Scott Griffiths.