A WEE COUNTY woman who had a double lung transplant has recently returned from volunteering at the Winter Transplant Games in Canada.

Lisa Hertwig had the life-saving operation in 2016 and had been looking into doing some volunteering abroad.

Someone she knew went to South Africa and she had also enquired about Camp America; however, both trips did not materialise for different reasons.

Lisa told the Advertiser: "When I saw the Winter Transplant Games, I can't ski or snowboard so I knew I wouldn't compete but [I thought] I have knowledge of transplants and I'll get the experience of visiting Canada."

The Alloa woman travelled to Canada on February 22 and spent a week there, volunteering at the games, helping Team GB win a massive 35 medals and also had time to soak up some of the Canadian sights.

She said: "It went really well; I thoroughly enjoyed it, and got to meet people from all over the world who were donors or had transplants.

"All other volunteers were Canadian, I was the only one who travelled."

Amongst other duties, Lisa helped with registration, the opening ceremony parade and recorded scores.

On her days off, she visited Lake Louise, went dog sledging and took a gondola ride at Sulphur Mountain.

With such a wide range of activities packed in to seven days, Lisa admits: "Some nights I was in bed for 7.30."

The whole trip was paid for by Lisa's fundraising endeavours last year, including a 5k run and a climb up Ben Lomond.

This year she has already signed up for a 10k in May and has Ben Nevis in her sights for June before she has a big celebration for her 30th birthday in November.

Lisa would like to thank everyone who donated to her to make this trip possible.

She is available to speak for free to any schools, clubs or groups on organ donation and can be contacted at xx_lisa_xx@hotmail.com for more information.

Visit organdonationscotland.org/yes for more information in signing up to be an organ donor.