13/02/2012 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


13/02/2012

Jamie Coulson follows the Border Agency as they break up sham marriages. Plus the progress of a man whose estranged father saved his life ten years ago by giving him a kidney.


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This week we investigate why some marriages are For Love, while

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We joined the the Borders agency and as they disrupt the weddings

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that they expect are simply to get into the UK.

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Also tonight, would you give up a kidney for a loved one? We meet the

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families donating their own organs because of a shortage of people on

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the register. I don't know how to say thank you, really. I just hope

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that you know. And, Shakespeare with the northern twang. We'd look

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back at 20 years of Northern Broadsides bringing Shakespeare to

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life. I think I was scared of Shakespeare as this construct for

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For most people getting married would be one of the most important

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days of their lives, but for others it is seen as an easy way of

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entering the country by the back door. A Sham marriages, where

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people tie the knot just to get residency in Britain, has become an

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increasing problem. We joined the UK Border Agency in their latest

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attempt to tackle the problem. The historic chapel of Hazlewood

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Castle in North Yorkshire and childhood sweethearts Amy McHale

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and Anthony Blasket are living the romantic dream. Would you take

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Anthony as your husband? I will. With all their family and friends

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sharing in the Big Day, their wedding is an experience they hope

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to treasure for the rest of their lives. Possibly the most exciting

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day. Nothing has topped it yet. not everyone sees life in such

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romantic terms. Others have a completely different agenda. Sham

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marriages are run by big international gangs who look at

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ways to hang trade exploiter West Yorkshire, a world away from

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Amy and Anthony's special day, preparations for an entirely

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different kind of wedding are taking place. I'm at the Border

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Agency HQ in Leeds city centre, where members of their specialist

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Criminal and Financial Investigations team are preparing

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to launch their latest operation on sham marriages. This operation will

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take place this afternoon. Inside, more than 30 officers from the

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agency are finalising their plan of action. Operation Polo involves an

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Indian national and a French bride. Today, two suspect weddings are

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scheduled in quick succession and the operation needs to be carefully

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choreographed. How can you be sure that these are a sham marriages are

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not normal ones? We have done an awful lot of work beforehand,

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intelligence work. We have got excellent co-operation with the

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registrars. It is the registrars to inform us of their suspicions. We

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do all the checks with the police and other intelligence systems

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dissatisfied herself the what we will be disrupting today is a sham

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marriage. Briefing over, the team are now on their way to Leeds city

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centre and the Registry Office where they believe the two sham

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weddings are booked in. From here we need to be very discreet. Some

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sham marriages are run by syndicates who employ spotters to

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alert bogus brides and grooms if they are suspicious the Border

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Agency are on their case. With plenty of time to go before the

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first wedding takes place, the team enter via a back door and begin to

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take up their position. We are all gathered in a room just down the

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hall from where the wedding will take place. Now it is a waiting

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game. The groom has turned up with another man. We have the bride as

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well and three bridesmaids or witnesses. We are just waiting now

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for confirmation that they have gone into the hall. A at what stage

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do you decide it is time to go in? When they're inside and prepared to

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be married. Two o'clock strikes. The first team are given the signal

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to move in. I am from the Border Agency. We believe a sham marriages

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about to take place and my officers will speak to you shortly. Sham

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weddings are big business, with figures of up to �10,000 a time

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changing hands. Typically, it's an Eastern European bride and a non-

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European groom who will often pay a fixer to try and seek a way of

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obtaining a marriage certificate to stay in this country. Just go with

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my officer. All the parties are being split up and talk to about

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the wedding. The groom has not objected at all. The key to this is

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quick questioning, finding out what part everyone has here, and

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deciding he is going to be arrested as part of a conspiracy. We will

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get them out if you straight away and be ready for the next one.

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are lead away, to be taken to separate police cells in West

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Yorkshire. In operations over two separate fortnights in Leeds last

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year Border Agency staff estimate they prevented 70 sham marriages

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from going ahead. This second group has arrived so we are ready to go

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on disrupt the second sham marriage of the day. Like the first

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operation, there is a feeling of stunned silence as the officers go

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about their work. It is a big deal to interrupt the wedding day.

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It is not something we take lightly. With today's arrests coming to a

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close, officers will continue their investigations into how the couples

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came to this point. Charges vary from perjury to conspiring to

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breach immigration law, with those convicted facing a maximum jail

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sentence of 14 years. How has the operation gone? Both operations

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were a success. How easy is it to disrupt these marriages? Certainly

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since we have started doing this since March there has been an

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increase and they have been brought to our attention on a more regular

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basis, probably because the registrars are more aware of the

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problem. Less than a mile from the Registry Office, the Parish Church

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are also having to be more rigorous about who walks down the aisle.

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Because of some of the abuses that did take place, we are now required

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to check that the address that they have given us is a genuine address

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by going to visit them, going to both houses of the bride and groom,

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and we are required to check their identity by a series of documentary

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evidence that proves they are who they say they are. Canon Bundock

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says as a society we have a duty to ensure people seeking genuine

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refuge in this country are given a chance. We have a sympathy for

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everybody because you want to help people as Christians, especially

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people in need. We are required to help strangers. We don't like

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having to say no in any circumstance, but we can help

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people to be dishonest and break the law. With 300 people arrested

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for offences related to sham marriages in the past year, they

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have become an increasing priority for the Government. The operations

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that we went on, they were probably 30 officers to disrupt to sham

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marriages. It seems to come expensive way to tackle the problem.

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Disrupting an individual sham marriage, you obviously stop that

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one and might arrest the facilitator, but it does send a

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signal around the World's so it acts as a deterrent. A should more

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Paras be given to register as to try and stop this process before it

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even gets going? It is possible in the long run we might need to have

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new legislation. Registrars are obliged to marry people who appear

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legally to have the right to be married. That is something we are

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looking at. For Amy and Anthony, marriage should mean a commitment

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for life. It means different things for different people, but we have

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been together a long time so it meant a long -- meant a lot to us.

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Marriages are very precious thing that cement society together and

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love is the thing that most of all makes the world go round. We have

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seen to sham marriages here in Leeds. For many people are it

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should be happiest day of their lives, but there has not been much

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romance here. Following those nine arrests, the groom at the first

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sham wedding has been deported while the bride and witnesses have

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been released. The bridegroom and two witnesses at the second wedding

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have been charged with conspiracy to breach immigration rules. In

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addition, the bride and groom have Coming up: Shakespeare from the

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heart of Halifax. We celebrate 20 years of Northern Broadsides bring

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in the classics to live with them nor the and tone.

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How would you feel that their loved one was dying and the only way to

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save their life was to give up one of your own kidneys. It is a

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difficult choice and one that people are being increasingly

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forced to meet due to a lack of people being on the organ register.

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Keeley Donovan has been to meet some remarkable donors and the

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loved ones whose lives have been saved by their selfless acts of

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giving. Without a donor kidney, this man's future was bleak. He had

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tracked down his long-lost brother that he had not seen for 35 years.

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He wanted to meet the man before it was too late. It would turn out to

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be a life-saving reunion. He phoned the up out of the blue and offered

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be one of his kidneys. We were speaking on the telephone and I

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said to him, what about if I give you one of mine. The answer was

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complete silence. It was a reunion that led father and son here hands

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the story was picked up across the world. When he had his transplant

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originally there were very few transplants at that time that it

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happened. The gate that they give to the person who needs the

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transplant, people must see the benefits that that creates an altar

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doors to the person who has a successful transplant. 10 years on

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and two sisters from Sheffield are preparing for the same operation.

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Helen Thacker suffers from a rare genetic disorder that is destroying

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In 20th March 10 I was told my kidney function was down to 20%.

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They wanted to know if everybody would be able to be a living donor.

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Tomorrow she's due to receive a donor kidney from Claire, her older

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sister. It was hardly a decision. I knew I

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was going to do it a long time ago. It just happens to have come at

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this time. The operation to remove Claire's

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kidney is the first of the day. She knows it could change her sister's

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life but is aware it's not without risks for her. Helen faces an

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anxious wait for news of how the surgery has gone.

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This is a gift which I cannot describe personally in words,

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Clare's altruism, her willingness to offer a kidney to her sister is

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going to transform her life. Donor transplants are unique in

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requiring perfectly healthy patients to undergo serious surgery

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that cannot benefit them. It will be 20 minutes before the

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anaesthetic takes affect, and then it will be up to four hours to

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remove the Khedive. Meanwhile, Helen has a very anxious wait. --

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removed the kidney. It's now Helen's turn to be wheeled

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to the operating theatre. And she hears the news she's been waiting

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for. I have had the news that she is out

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and everything has gone well. I'm relieved about that. I just want to

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get to the theatre and get it all done.

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As Helen is being prepared for surgery, the organ is here in this

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box. In 2001, David had to leave his

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that family and friends in Australia and fly to England to

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give his life-saving gift. Everyone is praying he comes back

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safe and well. Everybody, give Dave a round of applause.

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With as much to lose as his son had to gain, the day of the operation

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arrived. I was scared. I'm pretty sure he

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was. We held hands. He was in his bed and I was in mind. I just said

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a few words to him of encouragement, and Mark squeezed my hand, and for

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me, that was it, that was the moment. And we had not done it yet.

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What would life have been like without the transplant? I think I

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would not have had a life. It was going downhill that fast. On the

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10th anniversary of the transplant, Mike and -- Mark has a normal life.

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He can see his daughter grow up, which is something... I did not

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know I had a granddaughter when I did this.

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It was a life saving gift. I'm just grateful that my dad was there at

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the time. I never dreamed of a day when I

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would be called Dad because of a kidney.

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Back at Northern General Hospital, Helen's transplant is well under

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way. An opening is made in her side, into which the kidney will be

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inserted. The organ is taken out of its protective wrapping and

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prepared for transplantation. The blood vessels which once supplied

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Claire's kidney are prepared to make the organ work inside her

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sister. Less than one. Are -- 1.5 hours

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after the initial surgery, the doctors are almost finished. The

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delicate job of stitching the tiny vessels into place to connect the

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kidney is a painstaking process. The renal artery, vein and

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connection to the bladder must all be secured before it can function.

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Finally, the moment Claire's kidney becomes part of her sister's

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anatomy. The change of colour shows it is successfully plumbed into

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Helen's abdomen. We can see the colour is now read.

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I do not expect the kidney to work straight away. It will take a

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little while. With the kidney successfully

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connected, it's time to stitch Helen's side up, having closed the

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deep wound. I think it took three hours, which

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is good. I am pleased. In transplantation, you can tell the

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difference. The patient has not been feeling well before the

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transplantation. After transplantation, they are a

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different person. But Helen is one of the fortunate

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few. Most transplant organs are made available because of untimely

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deaths. If you ask people in the street in

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the UK, about 90% of people would support organ donation and

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transportation, but only about a third are signed up and on the

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register. If Mark or Helen wonder about how

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long their kidneys could last, they could do worse than come here for

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inspiration. This is the home of a woman who received her kidney

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nearly 36 years ago. Jennifer Oxby was five months

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pregnant with her second child when she suffered a double kidney

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failure. She lost her baby, but after years of dialysis her brother

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David offered her a kidney. She went on to have three daughters

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after the operation. It's believed hers is the longest surviving

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transplant kidney in the UK. So, all these years later, how do

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you feel about what your brother did? Without his beard, I would not

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be here and have my three daughters. -- his gift.

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It is marvellous what he has done for us.

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It's 12 days on from Helen's transplant, and she and her sister

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Claire are recovering from their surgery.

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Even if it had not worked, I would be happy we had tried. But for it

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to work is just the best thing. That is what you do it for. I think

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she has been very selfless, and I don't know whether I could have

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done it. I am sure I would have done in the circumstances. I like

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to think I would have done that. I don't know how to say thank you,

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really, I just hope that you know. To add your name to the register,

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Back in 1992, if you went to see a Shakespeare play, you expected all

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the actors to speak in a very particular way. But 20 years ago

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all that changed when Barrie Rutter set out to shake things up with a

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new theatre company which spoke the Bard's words with a northern accent.

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Lucy Hester has been to meet the man who created Northern Broadsides.

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Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of

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York. And all the clouds that lowered upon our House in the deep

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bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious

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wreath, our bruised arms hung up for monuments. Our stern alarums

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turned to merry meetings, our desperate marches to delightful

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measures. I think I'd been scared of

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Shakespeare as a construct for posh people who wear tights and have a

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cabbage down their front and speak with a lisp. "My lord, my liege,"

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etc. I didn't imagine for a second that Shakespeare was for people

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like me, who talked a bit like this. What was great was he said, "Let's

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approach it like work. My dad was a trawlerman, your dad was a

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foundryman. Let's go to work." And that's what we did.

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Barrie Rutter is the artistic director and founder of the

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Northern Broadsides theatre company. Richard III was the first play ever

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to be produced by Northern Broadsides, here in a boatyard in

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Hull. Fellow actors thought I was mad. It

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was a sort of revolutionary thing to do in 1992 - classic plays in a

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non-theatrical setting with a bunch of Northern actors all genuinely

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using their Northern cadences. A newspaper had printed "Mah kingdumm

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for an hoss!" Of course I didn't do the line like that. It was: "A

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horse, boom, boom, a horse, boom, boom, my kingdom for a horse, boom

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boom!" Fast forward 20 years and Northern

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Broadsides is about to embark on a five-month tour. We catch up with

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Barrie again in Stoke rehearsing Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.

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It's a real box of fireworks, verbal fireworks and you can't hope

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to get every witty conceit in it, but it's delightful to play and I

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hope it's going to be delightful to Barrie is playing the part of the

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schoolmaster, but he's also directing a company of 17 actors.

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I play Don Adriano de Amado. To congratulate the princess in her

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pavilion in the posteriors of the day which the rude multitude call

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the afternoon. He is a fantastical Spaniard and he

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is full of himself, but possibly not as intelligent as he things.

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I'm Sophia and I play the princess. She's a bit bolshy. She's not one

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of the fainting, falling in love, running after men kind of girls.

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She's got an old head on her shoulders.

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One thing everyone seems to be struggling with is a musical number

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featuring a rather unusual instrument.

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You've got to practise the bottle. If a day goes by without you

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practising the bottle or plucking a string, it's too long, it's too

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Everybody who's not playing a main instrument has a bottle that's

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filled up to a point, and when you blow in it, it doesn't workWhen you

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blow in it, it makes a certain note. When it's fine-tuned, it'll sound

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And there's a bit of extra pressure today as the rehearsal will be

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watched by a small audience. We always had a day when we invite

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our friends to come and observed. It doesn't matter what state we are

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in. In fact, the less polished the better. This afternoon, we will see

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the beach events before this messenger comes in with the news.

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Messenger? For those of you who've never seen Love's Labour's

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Lost,here's what's happens. Turn the sound down if you don't want to

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know how it ends. Me and Adam, who plays Costard,

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have a bit of a set-to. We have a fight that turns into a Morris

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dance - as all good fights do. I bet you didn't know that happened

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in Shakespeare, did you? They've got me dancing, fighting with

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sticks, throwing knives - all sorts of stuff.

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So where does the messenger fit into all this merriment?

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There's a famous interruption near the end of the play where the

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princess gets the news of her dad's death and they all say, "But we're

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in love with you" And that's the "lost" of the title.

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Northern Broadsides has worked with many actors over the years. But one

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in particular launched his career in a very different direction after

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playing a famous Shakespearean lead. Comedian Lenny Henry surprised

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everyone back in 2009 when he took the role of Othello for Northern

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Broadsides. Othello launched my career as a

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serious actor. It was fantastic because for the first time people

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saw me in a different light. I love being a comedian because it's my

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job, but I love movies and drama. I'm always the one crying and

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saying "I'm really moved." And I wanted a chance to move people.

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Barrie gave me that chance and I'll always be grateful for that.

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What was it like to work with Barrie?

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Barrie is very hands-on. He'll stop you and move your hands and push

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your bum in. Suddenly you're standing taller and he says, "Stop

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crying! Stop shuffling!" He directs It's now the day before opening

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night in Stoke and everyone's busy getting ready for the dress

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rehearsal. This is the last chance to put

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things right. If you haven't learnt it by now, it's your own stupid

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fault, really. I'm feeling surprisingly calm. For

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a couple of weeks I've been pretending to be a glamorous

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princess, but now the hair and make-up team have swooped in and

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made me into one. There's a general sense of But I

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want the actors to be comfortable, know what they're doing. And

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through the next 36 hours you get the inspiration of an audience and

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the extra sparkle and twinkle that The moment when everything comes

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together it's like, "Ahh, it's landed." It's quite delightful when

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that happens, whether you're doing Othello or whether you're doing

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this play. The fact that Northern Broadsides

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allows people from all parts of the country to participate meant that

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my resistance was broken down. They're part of the landscape now

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and we're to be thankful to them because they've opened the door to

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people who don't necessarily speak with a Received Pronunciation

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accent. And Love's Labours Lost will soon

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be on tour, returning to perform here in Halifax, its spiritual home,

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They've come a long way since that first performance of Richard III

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back in 1992. It was not all plain sailing. There

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were problems and cynicism. But the Arts one out in the end, as they

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should. Our strong arms be our conscience,

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swords our law! March on, join bravely. Let us to it, Pellmell. If

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not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell!" If you want to contact us

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about any of tonight's stories, you can do so through Facebook or

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Twitter. That is all from Halifax, but make

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sure you join us for next week's programme.

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Jamie Coulson follows the Border Agency as they burst into two weddings in an attempt to thwart sham marriages by illegal immigrants looking for UK visas. Also, ten years on, Keeley Donovan catches up with a man whose estranged father, living on the other side of the world, saved his life by donating a kidney. And Lucy Hester experiences the joy of Shakespeare with a northern accent.


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