Bristol

Funeral held for bone marrow appeal girl Yvette Gate

Yvette Gate
Image caption Yvette Gate suffered from a rare bone marrow disorder

A funeral has been held for a teenager who became the focus of an appeal for a bone marrow match.

Yvette Gate, 16, from Bristol, had aplastic anaemia - a condition where the bone marrow fails to produce red cells, platelets and white cells.

A lack of bone marrow donors among the black and minority ethnic community left her unable to find a match.

Mourners were asked by her family to wear bright colours at the service to celebrate her life.

Speaking after the service family friend Sherie Eugene-Hart said Yvette had left her friends feeling that it is good to be strong, bright and happy.

"Despite everything she went through she gave us something to think about," she said.

She died at Bristol Children's Hospital on 29 May.

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