Strand organ donor event this Saturday

PUBLISHED: 10:46 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:46 11 July 2013

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Exmouth will be marking National Transplant Week with a massive council-backed event in the Strand Gardens on Saturday, July 13.

The event is being organised by town and district councillor Steve Gazzard.

Since August last year he has signed up 883 people to the NHS Organ Transplant Register.

Steve’s daughter, Sarah, who was on the transplant list, died last year because of a serious lung condition - her organs saved the lives of at least three other people.

He has also been raising money for a new medical scanner at the Harefield Hospital, which treated Sarah, and also campaigning for a new system of organ donation in England.

Only this week a change in the law, where individuals will be presumed to have consented for their organs to be donated unless they opt out, was passed by the Welsh Assembly.

The event, from 10am to 5pm and supported by Bay FM and Jacqui and Alan Heywood of Franklins, will be opened by deputy mayor Bill Nash, and chairman of East Devon District council Graham Godbeer and chairman of Devon County Council Bernard Hughes. On offer will be Devon Free Wheelers, a classic car display, representation from the fire service, coastguard and beach recue club, a children’s fancy dress competition and a most ‘outrageous’ onsie competition.

There will also be a vintage fashion show, face painting, a fundraising draw, cycle maintenance by Bikelands and trips on a 1946 single-decker Devon General Bus.

There will be a performance by the Withycombe Stomp Group, two magicians, stalls and exhibits from the World of Country Life, Devon Youth Workshop and local musicians. He said: “This event is in memory of Sarah and to promote the importance of organ donation.

“If people want to sign to the register that would be great, but this is about people having fun.”

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