Crow Review of 2008

PUBLISHED: 16:29 28 December 2008 | UPDATED: 15:57 11 May 2010

JACQUI and SCOTT BELLAMY

JACQUI and SCOTT BELLAMY

December A WOMAN paid tribute to her wonderful husband after he donated a kidney for a life-saving transplant. Jacqui Bellamy, of Highlands, Royston, and her husband, Scott, underwent the transplant procedure at Addenbrooke s hospital. She said: I have

December

A WOMAN paid tribute to her "wonderful husband" after he donated a kidney for a life-saving transplant.

Jacqui Bellamy, of Highlands, Royston, and her husband, Scott, underwent the transplant procedure at Addenbrooke's hospital.

She said: "I have suffered from kidney failure for over 20 years, but in the last 18 months the function has gone down rapidly.

"My husband asked if he could possibly donate a kidney to me, and they said that he would need to go through various tests to see if he was compatible.

"I was put onto the transplant list for a cadaveric donor, but I was not a priority as I was not on dialysis yet, and there were thousands of people who were in more need."

Since the transplant Jacqui has received a batch of test results, and her kidney function is now within the normal range.

"I will have to take immunosuppressants for the rest of my life but that is a small price to pay for a better future," she said.

"I want to say the biggest thank you to my wonderful husband, without whom I would not have been given this new start in life."

Also in the news

Royston First was given the thumbs up by the business community. Sixty one per cent of businesses that voted were in favour of the scheme, which will see £150,000 a year pumped into Royston over the next five years. John Gourd, chairman of the Royston First steering group, heralded the result as "fantastic".

A council used anti-terror powers to spy on paper boys to see whether they had correct work permits. As a result, Cambridgeshire County Council prosecuted shop keepers Rashmi and Dips Solanki, who were convicted of employing staff without permits. Mrs Solanki said they had done nothing wrong and that the incident stemmed from a mix-up with paper work.

The closure of Thriplow post office was announced, despite a spirited campaign from residents to keep it open.

"It's a real shame," said post mistress Helen Harbud.

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