Steve Gazzard’s ‘have your say’ plea on organ donor opt-out plans

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:42 18 December 2017

Steve Gazzard and his 'band of merry helpers' during their latest organ donor sign-up event

Steve Gazzard and his 'band of merry helpers' during their latest organ donor sign-up event

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Exmouth charity champion Steve Gazzard has urged people to take part in a consultation on government plans to change the organ donor system.

Exmouth charity champion Steve Gazzard is urging people to take part in a consultation on whether people should have to opt-in to be an organ donor.

Steve is acting to fulfil a promise he to his daughter Sarah Wright, who died in 2012 at the age of 36 while waiting for a double lung transplant.

He has been campaigning since then to change the system so that people have to opt-out of being a donor, rather than choosing to become one.

The Government has now launched a public consultation into proposals to make this a reality.

Steve said: “I am really encouraged that things seem to be moving in the right direction.

“Wales already has the system and Scotland and Northern Ireland will have it later next year – it’s just England left.

“At the moment, there are 10,000 people awaiting transplants and there is a huge shortage of organs.

“This new system would give people the chance to live a normal life and I am really hopeful that this time next year the system will be changed.”

Steve revealed that organs donated by Sarah when she died saved the lives of three people.

Since Sarah’s death, Steve has held more than 400 organ donor sign-up events. Earlier this year, he reached a total of 5,000 people signed up.

In 2017 alone Steve has held more than 90 events, with 750 new organ donors coming forward.

He added: “It is amazing how we have reached this staggering feat and I could not have done this without the help of my merry band of helpers. Our campaigns will continue during 2018.”

The Exmouth town councillor is urging people to take part in the consultation, which runs until March 2018, regardless of whether they are for or against the move.

Visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/introducing-opt-out-consent-for-organ-and-tissue-donation-in-england

• Steve will be holding his latest sign-up event in the Magnolia Centre on Friday, December 22, and Saturday, December 23, outside Boots between 10am and 4pm.

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