New day of action for heroic pupil Joe

Joe Higgins, 18, suffers from cardio myopathy and is very ill - he is in desperate need of a heart transplant and wants to speak to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Joe Higgins, 18, suffers from cardio myopathy and is very ill - he is in desperate need of a heart transplant and wants to speak to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

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Friends and teachers of a teenager recovering from a heart transplant operation are today holding a second dedicated ‘Joe’s Day’ in his honour.

Today marks three weeks since 18-year-old Joe Higgins was found a match and underwent a more than four-hour transplant after being diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition.

It was the same day his former secondary school, Baines High School in Poulton, held a ‘Joe’s Day’ in his honour, seeing pupils wear red or hearts and raise more than £1,000 for Wythenshawe Hospital, where he is being treated.

Students at the Blackpool Sixth Form College, where he studied for two years, are today doing the same, to also support the Manchester based cardiac unit.

Schools, businesses and friends across the Fylde coast have rallied to support Joe and his family, parents Chris and Marie, and sisters Gaby, 24, and Chessie, 23.

St Mary’s Catholic Academy, Blackpool, have sent parcels of treats and prayer books to the family.

Staff at Springfield Fuels, in Salwick, near Preston, also held a day in the teenager’s honour, wearing red on November 7.

And well wishers have flooded social networking sites with messages of support, and signing up to join the organ donor register, which Joe implored people do in the weeks before his operation.