Jim Lynskey, 23 was living with a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy which is where the heart’s ability to pump blood is decreased because the heart’s main pumping chamber is enlarged and weakened. Due to chronic heart failure in 2015 Jim was placed on the transplant list for a donor heart. It was here that Jim realised how many others are also on the transplant list, this then motivated him to create his famous campaign ‘Save9Lives’. The Save9Lives initiative is based on the thought that one single organ donator can save nine lives!

Jim was an incredible ambassador for supporting young people, not only through his own work but as a host at some of our events including West Brom where he was able to share his own experiences with other young people, which he also took great enjoyment from:

‘Just a note to say thank you so much for the opportunity to host #Box4Kids at The Hawthorns yesterday. It was an incredibly rewarding experience which I know everyone thoroughly enjoyed’.

Box4Kids wouldn’t be as successful as it is today without our incredible network of hosts. We have representatives across the country who love volunteering for our fantastic events including Jockey Club family racedays, entertainment shows and Premier League football matches to name just a few!

Sadly Jim passed away in May this year after complications with his heart pump, he never received the heart donor he was waiting for. We wish to take this moment to send our thoughts to Jim’s family and friends, he was a great inspiration to everyone here at The Barrie Wells Trust and the people he supported at our events.