City dignitaries and transplant athletes from across the region gathered to celebrate the launch of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2013 at a high profile event in Sheffield. The launch, which was opened by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield – Councillor Vickie Priestley and featured an appearance from Paralympian David Wetherhill, marked the beginning of the countdown to the Games, which are set to take place in Sheffield from the 15-18 August 2013.
Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) by Sheffield-based events company MLS, and supported by local not for profit health insurer Westfield Health, the British Transplant Games attract hundreds of athletes – all of whom have undergone at least one life saving organ transplant – with the aim of raising awareness of transplantation and boosting numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Graham Moore, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the Games and headline sponsors Westfield Health, said: “It’s a sad fact that three people die every day whilst waiting for a transplant. These lives need not be lost if more people added their names to the Organ Donor Register and, importantly, shared their wishes with their loved ones.
“The Games provide a vital channel through which to communicate the value of transplantation and in turn, boost the amount of names on the donor register. I’m looking forward to helping spread this message far and wide, both in my role as Chair of the LOC and as a representative of Westfield Health.”