Exmouth transplant awareness day raises £1,300

PUBLISHED: 06:30 16 July 2016

Transplant Awareness Day held in the Strand Gardens on Saturday. Ref exe 28-16SH 1747. Picture: Simon Horn.

Transplant Awareness Day held in the Strand Gardens on Saturday. Ref exe 28-16SH 1747. Picture: Simon Horn.

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A transplant awareness event held in The Strand, Exmouth, has raised around £1,300 for the British Lung Foundation.

More than 40 people were also signed up to be organ donors on Saturday (July 9).

This was the third transplant spectacular held in The Strand by Exmouth’s Steve Gazzard, whose daughter, Sarah Wright, died in 2012 while waiting for a double lung transplant.

The money raised will go towards ongoing research into the illness which Sarah suffered - idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IBF).

Steve said: “It was absolutely amazing and I couldn’t have asked for better weather.”

Steve thanked all his helpers who assisted him on the day, traders who donated raffle prizes and BayFM, which hosted the event.

He added that planning had already begun for a fourth annual event next year.

So far Steve has signed up more than 4,000 new organ donors.

Steve will be holding another one of his sign-up events in the Magnolia Centre on Friday, from 11pm.

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