Yorkshire Evening Post readers have given their backing to plans for a heartfelt tribute to much-missed Leeds United fan Skye Thompson.
Skye, 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 the Barnsley College student had saved four lives.
Now Skye’s grieving family are asking United fans to remember her with a minute’s applause beginning in the 17th minute of tomorrow night’s televised home game against Blackburn Rovers.
They hope it will act as a moving tribute to the teenager and also encourage people to sign up to the organ donor register.
And since Skye’s sad story went online earlier today, there has been a massive outpouring of sympathy and support for her family and their wishes.
One reader, Armley White in Scotland, wrote on the YEP website: “Ashamed to say at 48 had never got round to registering as an organ donor, just done it now. God bless you Skye and your family RIP.”
Another, Build it Leeds, posted: “A true hero, RIP Skye my thoughts and deepest sympathies go out [to] Skye’s family and friends ...MOT.”
On Facebook, Nicki Ferraby wrote: “Sincere deepest sympathy, I have a 17 year old daughter LUFC fan & cannot imagine what pain the family are going through!
“On the flip side my dad received 2 kidneys from the same donor & we cannot thank the donor’s family enough for his new lease of life.
“Truly an amazing gift all credit to Skye’s family at this terribly sad time. x”
Another Facebooker, Liz Darby, posted: “Donors are heroes! An amazing selfless thing to do! My thoughts are with her family and friends.”
Twitter users retweeting our story, meanwhile, included Leeds United fanzine The Square Ball, writer Jon Howe and former Kaiser Chiefs drummer Nick Hodgson.
Skye’s family have been sent a card of condolence signed by United’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 United season ticket holder.