Celebrating a life-saving British Transplant Games

The British Transplant Games 2014

A celebration to mark the success of this year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games has taken place in Bolton this week, recognising the life-saving impact the event has had in the region.

More than 16,000 people signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register as a result of this year’s event, which took place in August.

Twenty four sports were brought to 13 venues across the town and athletes travelled from Australia, Canada and the USA to take part in the annual event, which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of successful transplantation and increase the number of registered organ donors in the UK.

Chair of Transplant Sport, Andy Eddy, himself a liver transplant recipient, said: “A huge thank you to Bolton for hosting this year’s fantastic events. The Westfield Health British Transplant Games get bigger and better each year and that’s all thanks to the hospitality of towns and cities such as Bolton. Without them it just wouldn’t be possible.

“I think the biggest thing for me is the amount of signups we’ve had to the Organ Donor Register - over 16,000 people, which will lead to more lives being saved in the region and that’s a fantastic feat for the people of Bolton and the North West. Thank you!”

We’ve supported the British Transplant Games since 2008 and last year we signed up as headline sponsor until 2016.

Our Chairman Graham Moore said:It’s thought that around 7,000 people across the UK are now waiting for a transplant. Sadly, three people will lose their life each day while waiting for a donor organ to become available.

“So we’ve made it our mission to encourage people in the UK to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and, importantly, to share their wishes with their loved ones.”

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register and help save lives TEXT: SAVE to 62323, call 0300 123 2323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk

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