Tributes have been paid following the death of staunch North Devon health services campaigner Phillip Wearne.

Mr Wearne, 60, from Instow, died on March 14 after a sudden cardiac arrest on March 11.

He campaigned on numerous issues and was instrumental in organising the North Devon Sees Red Day which saw thousands of people gather in Barnstaple to demonstrate against health cuts.

In a tribute to their brother, Jane, Sue and Liz Wearne said: “Mentor, advocate, campaigner, activist for social justice and champion of the underdog, Phillip was passionate about everything he was involved with.

“His loss will be felt far and wide by all those whose lives he touched and embraced in so many ways.”

They said after a private goodbye there would be a celebration of his life later in the year.

Ian Crawford of Save Our Hospital services Devon said: “His role as advocate for protection of the NHS was second to none and inspired the public support which allowed the campaign to develop.

“Phillip’s selfless contribution, passion and energy will be missed by all in the campaign and everyone who knew him.”