Exmouth councillor tackles Ice Bucket Challenge in bid to help save lives

PUBLISHED: 09:19 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:19 05 February 2015

Steve Gazzard braved the cold for his ice bucket challenge on Saturday. Ref exe 6573-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

Steve Gazzard braved the cold for his ice bucket challenge on Saturday. Ref exe 6573-06-15SH. Photo Simon Horn

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Town councillor Steve Gazzard had water thrown on him as part of his campaign to raise awareness of his organ donor campaign.

He took on the charity challenge in The Strand on Saturday after he was asked last summer if he would be brave enough to do it in colder conditions.

The Ice Bucket Challenge proved to be an internet sensation last year, with people having ice-cold water tipped on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.

Steve took on the Ice Bucket Challenge in the summer, prompting mayor Bill Nash at the time to tell him he did not think he would be brave enough to do it in the winter.

Steve said: “He thought I was mad, but it was exhilarating.

“I was quite fortunate because Jaquie Hayward, from Franklins, brought me some hot soup and coffee.”

The event was part of the councillor’s campaign to raise awareness of the need to register to donate organs, as well as raising money for the British Lung Foundation.

Cllr Steve Gazzard lost his daughter, Sarah Wright, 36, to lung disease in November 2012 after she was unable to get a double lung transplant.

Steve told the Journal he was looking to do another Ice Bucket Challenge in September and was also doing a special Valentine’s Day organ donor sign-up event in the Magnolia Centre.

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