Campaigner Steve reaches 100 days

PUBLISHED: 13:22 12 April 2014

Steve Gazzard's 100th sign-up event

Steve Gazzard's 100th sign-up event


A hundred balloons were released last weekend, each marking every day an Exmouth man has campaigned to save lives.

Every weekend since June 2012 Steve Gazzard has stood in the town centre signing up organ donors to the NHS Transplant Register.

So far he has signed up 1,874, more than any other town in England.

He is on hand at a moments notice to educate people about the dirth of transplant organs and speaks to club’s schools, councils and colleges.

He does all this because of a promise he made to his daughter Sarah Wright, who died of a chronic lung condition while waiting for a transplant.

Sarah’s organs were donated so three others might live.

And on Saturday in the Strand he signed up 21 people in a single day- including a whole family.

Each balloon was donated by Bay FM and has a tag; and the finder of the balloon that travels the furthest will get a prize.

Steve said: “There are people all over the country who need a transplant, not just In Exmouth, and the balloons symbolise that.

“I was always determined to continue until things change, until no-one dies because there isn’t an organ available. It’s such a personal thing for me.

“I would like to thank bay FM for providing the balloons and supporting the event.”

Steve is in the Magnolia Centre again on Friday and is organising an event during Transplant Awareness Week from July 7 to 13.

If you are interested in having a stall contact Alan or Jacqui at Franklins.

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