Dad gifts his body to medical students

Tom Hepworth has pledged to donate his body to science
Tom Hepworth has pledged to donate his body to science
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Some people don’t like to think about dying, but one Blackpool man’s thoughts on life after death are crystal clear.

Tom Hepworth has donated his body to science, meaning his body will be sent to the University of Liverpool where it will be studied by anatomy students for up to three years.

For Tom, 55, it’s the most selfless thing anyone could do.

“It’s all about giving something back,” he said.

“It’s about leaving this earth better than you found it, and this is my contribution.”

Father-of-two Tom, of Westmorland Avenue, Blackpool, said he started thinking about donating his body after a conversation with an elderly woman who was doing the same in Bispham.

He said: “She sowed the seed, so to speak.

“I don’t want to waste my body. It’s not morbid at all to be thinking about something like this. I think it’s quite interesting – I am a keen biker, both pedal bikes and motorbikes, and you never know what’s going to happen.

“Some people wouldn’t want to do this, but that’s up to them.”

Tom, who made quite an entrance into the world because his father Fred’s ripe age of 84 when he was born, said he hoped his decision would make other people think about what they wanted to happen to their bodies after death.

The University of Liverpool is the main centre for body donations in Lancashire, Merseyside and Cumbria.

Bequeathal officer Dee Tully said: “This is not a rare thing. Last year 677 people requested information about body donations, and 350 of those returned their application forms, for which we are very grateful.

“This is essential to teaching anatomy for students and is used by health professionals including dentists, physiotherapists and surgeons.”

After three years the university will organise for a cremation.