Organisers of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games have today welcomed news that organ donation has risen by 50 per cent in less than five years. John Timms, event director of the Games, said: “It’s great news that organ donation has boomed so much since 2008. A 50 per cent rise is astonishing and so many more lives will have been saved as a result.
“The Transplant Games exists to raise awareness of organ donation and each of our athletes has undergone at least one life-saving transplant, so we get to see the real value of organ donation in action as people rebuild their health and celebrate what so many of us take for granted. However, there are still so many people in desperate need of a donor organ, so we can’t rest on our laurels. We need people to register as organ donors and most importantly – share their wishes with their loved ones so that consent is given to donate their organs after their death.”
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games will take place in Sheffield from 15-18 August 2013 and, through the Gift of Life campaign, organisers are hoping to get 12,000 additional names on the NHS Organ Donor Register in the Sheffield region by the time the event begins.
This year marks the sixth time Westfield has sponsored the Games, with company chairman Graham Moore also leading the event’s Local Organising Committee for 2013.