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Kirstie Tancock 'fought to the very end' : husband and mother pay tribute

Kirstie Tancock was a staunch advocate of organ donation. Credit: ITV West Country

The family of a young woman who inspired thousands of people to become organ donors have paid tribute to her life.

Kirstie Tancock from Honiton passed away in the early hours of this morning, aged just 27.

She had cystic fibrosis, but continued to help others and raise awareness while she underwent two double lung transplants.

Kirstie walks up the aisle on her wedding day. Credit: Family

Even after being told she had just months to live, Kirstie stayed positive and was always thinking of others.

She even planned her own funeral.

Posting on Facebook, her family said Kirstie was "one in a million" and meant the world and more too so many people.

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'More organ donors needed' in the south west

A mother from Devon is asking more people to be aware of organ donation and how many lives it can save.

Jackie King's daughter Emily lost her life at the age of eleven - but her death and the decision to donate her organs gave a future to several people.

New artwork was unveiled at Derriford Hospital, thanking bereaved families for agreeing to donate the organs of their loved ones.

In England three people a day die who are on the organ transplant waiting list.

People come together in memory of Katie Gammon

Katie Gammon died last week after a long battle against cystic fibrosis Credit: Austin Wallas

A gathering is taking place this evening to pay tribute to Barnstaple teenager Katie Gammon. She died on Sunday 23 August, having just turned 17.

People are being asked to meet at the Civic Centre car park in North Walk, Barnstaple at 7pm. A minute's silence will be held at 7.30pm and later balloons will be released in Katie's memory.

You can find out more here.

Katie underwent a double lung transplant in 2013, which meant that she could do much more than before. She campaigned for people to join the transplant register and even took part in the Tarka Walk to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Transplant patients Kirstie Tancock and Katie Gammon taking part in a fundraising walk Credit: ITV News

Katie's funeral will be held at Barnstaple Parish Church at noon on 7 September. One of her last wishes was that everyone should wear purple.

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