Life-changing illness inspires Pulborough woman’s biography

Helen Haynes at her book signing at Bill's restaurant Horsham - picture by Simon Hooley, The Image Cella
Helen Haynes at her book signing at Bill's restaurant Horsham - picture by Simon Hooley, The Image Cella

A kidney transplant survivor has published a book on surviving kidney failure and had her book signing at a Horsham restaurant last week.

Last Tuesday (September 23) Bill’s in Market Square opened its doors to Helen Haynes for her book launch and signing.

Former kidney transplant patient Helen Haynes signing her book to inspire others - picture by Simon Hooley, The Image Cella 7ujnIoQh2eVQIeR1eDxZ

Former kidney transplant patient Helen Haynes signing her book to inspire others - picture by Simon Hooley, The Image Cella 7ujnIoQh2eVQIeR1eDxZ

‘Make It Count’ tells the story of Helen’s life, from a promising sportswoman to kidney failure leading to a transplant.

She said: “When my kidneys failed as a 20 year old, I went through some incredibly challenging times. My family and friends really helped me fight to survive and this is my way of paying tribute to them.”

Helen, of Spiro Close, Pulborough, marked the 22nd anniversary of her transplant on Septeber 22 by holding special book launches.

Helen said: “Horsham is a great town to do business in. Being ‘local’ from Pulborough means that I network and run public speaking training workshops in Horsham often. It is a great place and Bill’s was the perfect venue for my launch. Horsham was very welcoming.”

She added: “The book launch was a wonderful celebration of a long and challenging project. It was wonderful being surrounded by many friends in business and some of my family who joined me.”

After undergoing dialysis, 20 operations and a kidney from her mother, Helen is still here to tell her tale and is keen to inspire others and to raise awareness of transplantation.

To buy Helen’s book, email her at helen@helenhaynes.co.uk or call 07919 115929.