Transplant Awareness Day in Exmouth raises £1,330 for British Lung Foundation

PUBLISHED: 13:29 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:29 17 July 2017

Sir Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon (left), launches the Transplant Awareness Day in The Strand, with Cllr Andrew Moulding (chairman of East Devon District Council), Cllr Jeff Trail, Exmouth's deputy mayor and Cllr Steve Gazzard. Picture: Paul Strange.

Sir Hugo Swire, MP for East Devon (left), launches the Transplant Awareness Day in The Strand, with Cllr Andrew Moulding (chairman of East Devon District Council), Cllr Jeff Trail, Exmouth's deputy mayor and Cllr Steve Gazzard. Picture: Paul Strange.

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Good weather brought the crowds out to enjoy Saturday’s Transplant Awareness Day in Exmouth’s Strand.

‘The nice fun day with a serious message’ – hosted by Bay FM – featured live music and entertainment, food and drink concessions and plenty of stalls, many from local charities.

Organiser and town councillor Steve Gazzard said he was delighted by the event, describing the £1,331.35p that it raised for the British Lung Foundation as ‘staggering’.

In addition, 11 new donors signed up to Cllr Gazzard’s organ donor campaign, increasing his total since June 2012 to 4,728 donors.

The event was officially opened by Sir Hugo Swire, the MP for East Devon, supported by Jeff Trail, Exmouth’s deputy mayor and, Cllr Andrew Moulding, chairman of East Devon District Council.

Sir Hugo praised Cllr Gazzard for putting the day together, and highlighted his persistence and determination behind the organ donor campaign.

“Steve Gazzard – originally for tragic personal reasons, has been a stalwart advocate for organ donations,” said Sir Hugo. “It’s great that other groups in the town have come together to support him. It’s a sign and sense of the community coming together to support one of their own, and that’s why I’m pleased I’m able to open it.”

Cllr Jeff Trail thanked Cllr Gazzard for his efforts, and encouraged more people to sign up to the organ donor campaign. Cllr Moulding also praised Cllr Gazzard. “Steve suffered turmoil in his family when his daughter passed away,” he said. “This event is very much in Sarah’s memory, and to remind people to be a carrier of an organ donation card, so that others can preserve or improve their lives by being a recipient of an organ.”

Speaking after the event, Cllr Gazzard said the day ‘went extremely well’.

“I’m amazed by the amount of money that we raised,” he said. “It was a staggering amount. But we’re not complacent. We’re already working on the 2019 event.”

Funds from Saturday’s event will go into research into the illness that took Cllr Gazard’s own daughter’s life. Sarah Wright died while waiting for a double lung transplant in 2012, aged just 37.

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