THE dad of Violet-Grace Youens is cycling from Salford Royal Hospital to Leeds Hospital today to celebrate the journey donated organs take between hospitals to save lives.

Four-year-old Violet-Grace Youens died in March 2017 after she was struck by a stolen car on Prescot Road.

However, she went on to save two lives after becoming an organ donor – donating her pancreas and kidneys, an act her parents Glenn and Becky Youens say "helps them in their grief".

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In her memory, the Youens have been big supporters of Organ Donation, even establishing a charity in her name, Violet-Grace's Gift, to raise awareness and encourage people to talk about their decision with families.

With it being Organ Donation Week (September 2-9), Violet's dad Glenn and six others took on the challenge to travel from Salford to Leeds hospital to celebrate the life saving journey these precious organs take.

Ahead of his ride, Glenn took to Facebook to say: "Today I’m going to ask for something different rather than sponsorship of money.

"I’m asking that you please have the conversation about organ donation and tell your family your wishes. Today we will be cycling from Salford royal hospital to Leeds Hospital celebrating the journey the organs take from one hospital to another to help save the life’s of those in need.

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Her parents call Violet a 'superhero' for becoming an organ donor

"Violet changed the lives of two family’s by donating her organs and stopped them going through what we are.

"Violet donating her organs was the only positive thing to come from Violet’s death.

"Please have a think about Violet today and think about making your donation wishes known while we are cycling today in memory of Violet and every other donating family."

For more on Violet-Grace's Gift, which also raises funds to help local hospitals, community projects, bereaved parents and seriously ill children, go to on Facebook.