Calling South Yorkshire to give the Gift of Life
More organ donors are needed across South Yorkshire, according to the chairman of Westfield Health – headline sponsor of the British Transplant Games since 2008.
Graham Moore, who was also chairman of Sheffield’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games committee last August, has made the call following figures released by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) during National Transplant Week, which show that 213 people across the S postcode area are currently waiting for a transplant.
The statistics reveal that since the Westfield Health British Transplant Games took place in Sheffield last August, 13,292 people in the S postcode have signed up as donors and 22 people have died in need of a transplant.
Graham Moore said: “In the run up to the British Transplant Games last year we managed to add more than 22,000 names to the NHS Organ Donor Register in the S postcode region through the Gift of Life campaign.
“We need everybody to keep up that momentum and not let sign up rates slip. Just by adding your name to the donor register and making your wishes clear to your loved ones you could save somebody’s life.
“It’s a tragedy that three people die every day while waiting for an organ transplant. Let’s take heed of the messages issued during National Transplant Week and pull together to show the rest of the country that the people of South Yorkshire are serious about changing and saving people’s lives through organ donation.”
This year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games will take place in Bolton from 7 – 10 August. The purpose of the Games is to highlight the benefits of transplantation and to promote the need for more people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register. For more information visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk