Sign up to Katie’s Appeal and get on the organ donor register today to save a life tomorrow.

Hundreds of people met in Barnstaple on Thursday evening to release purple balloons in memory of Katie Gammon, who died on Sunday. Picture: Andy KeebleHundreds of people met in Barnstaple on Thursday evening to release purple balloons in memory of Katie Gammon, who died on Sunday. Picture: Andy Keeble

The 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.

Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon had a double lung transplant in August 2013.Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon had a double lung transplant in August 2013.

On 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.

Across the county there are 173 people waiting for an organ transplant, and 69 people received organ transplants in 2014/15.

Sign the register

To sign the donor register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 2323 or text JOIN to 84880.

Get in touch

Have you received a transplant? Are you on the organ donor waiting list or has a late friend or relative donated their organs?

We’d like to speak to you to highlight National Transplant Week across North Devon.

Email reporter Sarah Howells on sarah.howells@archant.co.uk or call 01271 341658 to tell your story.