A devoted dad from Exmouth is celebrating Organ Donation Week with 600 successful sign-up sessions in memory of his daughter who died while waiting for a double lung transplant.
Steve Gazzard kicked off Organ Donation Week – Monday, September 2 until Sunday, September 8 – in Exmouth’s Magnolia Centre, highlighting new UK ‘opt out’ organ donation laws coming into play in 2020.
Mum-of-three Sarah Wright died aged 36 and since 2012 Steve has campaigned tirelessly as a tribute to his daughter for a change to organ donation law.
Steve will be taking his sign-up campaign out on the road this week to explain the law change to staff at the Met Office, Exeter, the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and South West Water.
Steve said: “To have to lose your child is one of the worst things you can do. At least I have been able to achieve part of what Sarah had been wanting to do.
“It’s something that I promised Sarah when she was well enough to talk about it.
“The change isn’t just down to me. There are other people in the country, but down here we call it Sarah’s Law.
“We always thought the transplant was going to happen and Sarah was positive it would happen.
“She knew that if it didn’t happen and the worst came to the worst, she would donate her organs.
“Unfortunately, the transplant didn’t come in time for her. Her condition deteriorated and her life support machine had to be turned off.
“She donated her organs and saved three people’s lives.”
As part of the 600th sign- up celebrations, the Magnolia Centre was decked out in the Spanish flag, as a nod to the country leading the way across the globe in organ donation.
Joining Steve in Exmouth to mark the start of Organ Donation Week were Annette Tremlin, who four years ago had a heart transplant, and Robbo Lees, who received a life-saving liver transplant.