One of the Beauty Unseen Role Models.
Chosen to take part in the South-West live show 2016
Kirstie is from Devon and has survived 2 double lung transplants, and has lived with Cystic Fibrosis from birth. She believes strongly that exercise helps to keep you strong and fight illness, and teaches fitness pole-dance and aerial hoop classes.
|Chosen Charity||Raising awareness of:|
|Charity Information||We support Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals by contributing to major building projects, buying vital equipment, funding pioneering research and improving the lives of patients with heart or lung disease.
Harefield Hospital is a remarkable hospital on the outskirts of London which saves a great many lives of very poorly patients like Kirstie. It is a specialist lung and heart transplant hospital and it has attracted world class surgeons from all over the world to come to Harefield Hospital. There are many stories like Kirstie’s, though hers is one of the most extra-ordinary. Her bravery and determination shone through every day of her illness and despite her setbacks, with the help of outstanding medical skill and care, she is now leading a normal life – dedicating it to helping other people who need transplants.
Harefield has had a fascinating history, starting as a hospital in 1915 to treat Australian servicemen injured in the First World War. Sir Alexander Fleming studied at Harefield, and it became a leading tuberculosis hospital. In 1983, under the direction of Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, the first UK combined heart and lung transplant was performed. 1987 saw the first ‘domino’ procedure whereby a patient with cystic fibrosis (who had a healthy heart) underwent a heart-lung transplant while a second patient received the first patient’s heart.
Harefield Hospital is now one of the largest and most experienced centres in the world for lung and heart transplants. Thanks to the charity, Harefield also pioneered the Organ Care System in the UK – this new ‘heart in a box’ system enables donated organs to be sourced from much further away and to be kept warm for many hours, so many more transplants can happen and with greater safety.
|Charity Telephone No.||020 7351 8613|
|Charity Email||Via their website|
|Charity Video links||https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_qUANrG7rM|
The charity and the hospital are very proud of Kirstie and we thank her very much for all that she does to raise awareness of our remarkable hospital and our charity which raises funds to support its extraordinary work.
Kirstie’s own website: http://www.kirstietancock.co.uk/
Kirstie’s own blog: http://www.kirstie-2ndchanceatlife.blogspot.co.uk/
Kirstie’s business Facebook page – Xtremepole: https://www.facebook.com/Xtremepole