Jen Armstrong is, in her own words, “involved in something pretty extraordinary”. A local girl from Skipton, in Yorkshire, and a graduate from the Leeds College of Music, Jen and her friend, Rex Pearson, have gone through a life-changing year and want to use their story to help others.
Last year, Rex’s mother fell ill and required a life saving transplant surgery to save her life. She was on the waiting list for over a year as she battled the illness. At times, the worst-case scenarios will have ran through their heads as they imagined the worst but thankfully, due to the amazing work of Addenbrookes and a very generous donor, Rex’s mother received the life saving operation just in time.
The two are both promising musicians and they both recognised that music can change someone’s life. Jen described to us how they are attempting to make a difference:
“Neither him nor I have much we could give to help the situation financially, but we’re both musicians, part of an amazing YouTube community and know a lot of amazingly supportive people online and offline, and we wanted to create a piece of music and campaign to help raise awareness around the situation. Even if you haven’t been affected by something like this, the chances are you will be at some point in your life, together we could actually cut 1000s of unnecessary deaths. The message is simple, take a look at the video and listen to the song, when it’s done, reflect on registering as a donor or consider a share and know that your 1 click action could actually be saving a person’s life.
At this time of year, there are so many charities asking for money, this won’t be one of them. This is about raising awareness in the UK with the simple action of watching and sharing a video. Organ donors will inevitably follow whenever this video reaches enough people. All music profits from any sales of the single (which took us 12 months to create and features me as the vocalist) will be going to organ donation charities all over the world, making a huge difference to the lives of many people. Just the act of spreading the word about this video could save people from dying unnecessarily.”
You can watch the fantastic video here: http://bitly.com/saysomethingtoday.
You can download it on iTunes here: http://bitly.com/saysomethingmusic
You can register as an organ donor here: http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/how_to_become_a_donor/