Join Katie’s Appeal and sign the organ donor register

North Devon Gazette

Gazette is relaunching a campaign to get people to sign the organ donor register in memory of a brave Barnstaple teenager as part of National Transplant Week.

Next week (September 7-12) National Transplant Week will encourage people to sign up to organ donation and talk about it with their families and friends.

Remembering Katie Gammon

Katie’s Appeal was first launched in 2012 with the support of lung transplant teenager Katie Gammon, who died last week, aged 17.

Thursday, hundreds of purple balloons were released in Katie’s memory as her friends gathered on the Tarka Trail to remember her.

Mum Angie Hart said: “I knew Katie was popular, but I didn’t expect so many people to be here.

“It’s really special – lovely to see.”

Katie’s funeral will be held on Monday at midday at Barnstaple Parish Church. Her family have asked everyone to wear purple.

Donor waiting list

According to the latest NHS statistics there are 470,648 people registered as an organ donor in Devon. Continue reading