Staff members at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust are urging people to ‘say I donate’ and sign the organ donor register in memory of Barnstaple teen Katie Gammon.

Staff at Northern Devon Healthcare Trust have joined the national campaign urging people to join the NHS organ donor register.

This week the Gazette is urging people to sign the donor register in memory of Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon, by relaunching Katie’s Appeal.

This year’s national campaign, entitled Seven Days to Say Yes I Donate, aims to help break down barriers and taboos around organ donation.

People in North Devon are being asked to sign the organ donor register and talk to their family and friends about their decision.

Trust staff at North Devon District Hospital have been pledging their support for the campaign, including on Lundy Ward and in the intensive care unit, A&E, theatres, the medical emergency team and medical assessment unit.

The Trust has also been encouraging others to get involved, including staff from Sodexo and Floor ONE Fitness Club in Barnstaple as well as the Bideford Ladies rugby team.

Trust staff are holding a stand in Barnstaple High Street today (Friday) and Saturday.

They will be giving out leaflets and other information, answering questions and assisting people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register, using Katie Gammon as an inspiration.

Katie, who suffered from cystic fibrosis and died aged 17 last month, received a double lung transplant in 2013 and campaigned to raise awareness of organ donation.

Donna Knight, senior nurse for critical care services for the Trust, and Tam Jackson, specialist nurse in organ donation for NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “Katie was an incredible and remarkable young person who never gave up and was determined to achieve everything within her power.

“She was an inspiration. Her beautiful smile and positive outlook on life touched us all.

“Katie joined the hospital as a champion for organ donation in 2014, following her own lung transplant the previous year.

“During last year’s National Transplant Week, Katie joined and supported the local specialist nurse in organ donation and other members of hospital staff in Barnstaple High Street.

“From the beginning, Katie and her family were very enthusiastic to spread the message about organ donation and she was able to bring her own personal experience to the campaign.

“It was one of Katie’s wishes to encourage as many people as possible to sign up to the Organ Donor Register.

“Anyone who has been inspired by Katie’s story and wishes to register can do so by going to www.organdonation.nhs.uk, by calling 0300 123 23 23 or by coming to meet the team in the High Street on Friday or Saturday.”

Staff will be promoting organ donation at Barnstaple Rugby Club’s home league match against Ivybridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Trust has also held information stands in the main foyer and A&E department at NDDH during the week.