Around 30 people have signed up to become organ donors during an event to mark the birthday of a Sheffield teenager killed in a car crash.
Cian Pace, from Shirecliffe, died in the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, four days after a crash near Brook Hill roundabout in Sheffield, in November 2013.
The 19-year-old saved the lives of five people after his family agreed to follow his wishes and donate some of his organs.
He had told his parents of his wish to help others while watching a TV soap with an organ donation storyline.
To mark his 21st birthday, Cian’s family decided to hold a fundraising ball in his memory to raise awareness of organ donation.
Around 100 people attended the event at Kenwood Hall, which featured a three-course meal, live music and a raffle and auction – with proceeds going to Organ Donation.
During the night around 30 people signed up to become organ donors – with 25 guests already on the list.
The family are delighted that the event also raised more than £2,500.
Cian’s aunt, Alice Keane, from Shiregreen, said: “It was attended by 100 people including two nurses, Jamie Smith and Helen Brown from the specialist nurse team in Sheffield, who made a short speech about the importance of organ donation and were on hand to answer any questions people had.
“The night was a great success with many people signing up to the organ donor register and by the end of the night we had raised over £2,500.
“Cian’s sister Claire Wragg made an emotional speech calling her little brother her hero.
“Everyone had an amazing night and Cian’s family would like to thank everyone for coming to celebrate his 21st and the many friends, family and local businesses that donated so many prizes to our raffle.”
Cian’s family are contuing with their fundraising plans and are holding a further organ donation awareness event, with a race night planned for February.