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.

Archant

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.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

A judge has questioned why it has taken more than two years to prosecute a charity volunteer who was found with child abuse images on his computer.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A traffic order banning campervans and motorhomes from parking overnight on part of Exmouth seafront has been approved.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:27

Exmouth’s recycling centre has been evacuated after a chemical was dumped on the site this afternoon.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

An Exmouth Slimming World consultant who completed the London Marathon said it was a case of ‘mind over legs’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:44

Police are saying that there is heavy traffic after a two-vehicle incident blocked the B3178 near East Budleigh this morning (Wednesday, April 25).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:14

Firefighters from three towns attended the incident at Douglas Avenue

Read more
Tue, 11:03

Time is running out to vote for a cause you would like to see benefit from funding raised at Exmouth Kite Festival.

Read more
Mon, 17:00

Project leaders behind an ambitious multi-million-pound realignment of the River Otter have expressed their disappointment at a failed funding bid.

Read more
Mon, 07:00

Acknowledging ‘amazing’ local business achievements underpins the annual Exmouth Business Awards according to one of this year’s sponsors.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications