Sheffield transplant team get set for Games
A team of transplant survivors from Sheffield are donning their sportswear in preparation for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, which takes place this week.
Hosted annually by the charity Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) and sponsored by Westfield Health, the Games attract hundreds of athletes from across the UK – all of whom have undergone a live saving transplant – to compete in a variety of sporting events.
The Sheffield team - Paul Morton, Melissa Slaney, Robert Raynor, Bridgetta Greenway, Michael Lord, Darren Lath and David Lilley - have all been in training for the best part of a year in preparation for the event.
Taking place in NewcastleGateshead from 30 July - 2 August 2015, the British Transplant Games began over 35 years ago. Athletes take part in a wide range of sports and activities including swimming, squash, basketball, 10 pin bowling, cycling, fishing and golf.
The aim of the Games is to raise awareness of the need for more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Charlotte Morton, Sheffield Team Manager, said “With around 7,000 people in the UK estimated to be waiting for an organ transplant, and three people dying each day while waiting to find a match, there is still a desperate need for more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.
“The Westfield Health British Transplant Games are the perfect way to raise awareness, and to thank those who have already donated and their families.”
“The event is also an inspiring way to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation and encourage transplant patients to regain fitness.”
“We’re now on the count down to the competition and the Sheffield team have been training really hard. We definitely have a good chance of coming away with a few medals this year and I’m proud of everyone for their outstanding commitment to the training programme.”
Our Chairman Graham Moore commented: “Westfield Health has been a strong supporter of the British Transplant Games for many years now.”
“The Games prove that transplant patients can lead a normal and active life again after their operation, and we’re pleased to be able to help spread that message.”
“We’re really looking forward to what is set to be a magnificent event, and we wish the Sheffield team and everyone taking part in the Games the very best of luck.”
To find out more about the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2015 visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk, ‘like’ The British Transplant Games on Facebook, or follow @WHBTG on Twitter.