Leeds United fans are being urged to pay tribute to a much-loved Yorkshire teenager whose sudden death gave four people the gift of life.
Skye Thompson, a 17-year-old Leeds season ticket holder, died after suffering a bleed on the brain at her home in Sheffield.
As of Monday evening, the donated organs of a girl described as “full of laughter and smiles” had saved four lives.
Now Skye’s heartbroken family are asking United fans to remember her with a minute’s applause starting in the 17th minute of tomorrow night’s televised home match against Blackburn Rovers.
Her uncle and fellow Leeds fan Scott Thompson told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We want as many people as possible to join in.
“It would be a fitting tribute to a girl who was beautiful inside and out and who was devoted to Leeds United.
“Hopefully this will also spread the word about the way her organs have been put to use and encourage more people to sign up to the donor register.
“Lots of her family and friends – including some Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United fans – will be at the game as we think it’s what she would have wanted.
“We will all be feeling very emotional, particularly when the 17th minute comes around.”
Barnsley College student Skye’s family have been sent a card of condolence signed by Leeds’s players and head coach Steve Evans.
The teenager’s favourite player, Mirco Antenucci, has also signed a shirt that her loved ones are planning to have framed.
Skye’s Elland Road seat was in section N11 of the Kop and she was a regular at Leeds away games.
Her brother, 12-year-old Michael, is also a Leeds season ticket holder.
The number of people donating organs in the UK last year fell for the first time in 11 years.
Jayne Fisher, manager of the NHS Blood and Transplant Yorkshire Organ Donation Services Team, said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Skye’s family.
“We are immensely grateful that at such a tragic time they made the brave decision to think of helping others.
“Without families making these decisions to donate, the many children and adults waiting for an organ simply wouldn’t get the transplants they so desperately need.
“We hope the knowledge that Skye has saved the lives of others brings her family comfort as they come to terms with her death.”
For information on how to join the donor register, visit the www.organdonation.nhs.uk website.