Graham calls on businesses to get behind transplant efforts.
Our Chairman Graham Moore is backing National Transplant Week and urging companies to commit to efforts to grow the number of organ donors.
On the back of the biggest ever Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Newcastle-Gateshead, Graham has called for businesses to step up their support and encourage more people to sign up to the NHS donor register.
More than 850 transplant athletes from across the UK and overseas competed in the Games this year and 2,500 spectators attended, making it officially the biggest ever event in its 38-year history.
We have supported the British Transplant Games since 2008 and we helped set up the Gift for Life campaign when the Games came to Sheffield in 2013. The campaign led to more than 23,000 additional organ donor registrations across South Yorkshire.
At the start of this year’s Games, more than 20,000 people had signed up to become donors. But there’s still much more to be done.
Graham said: “The shortage of organ donors in the UK is a national tragedy. Three people die every day while waiting for a transplant, and around 7,000 people in the UK are estimated to be waiting for a new organ. So we must act now to highlight the continuing desperate need for donors.
“The British Transplant Games is a fantastic vehicle for raising awareness - year on year, we’ve seen it grow and develop. More businesses need to get behind events and campaigns such as these in order to promote the benefits of transplantation - and ultimately help save lives.
“We must listen to the messages coming through this week - National Transplant Week - and work together to increase the number of donors and make a real difference to the lives of those waiting for a transplant.”
To join the organ donor register, visit organdonation.nhs.uk.