Transplant recipients count down to the British Transplant Games in Liverpool
With just under a week to go until the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, participants who have received life changing organ, tissue and stem cell donations are counting down and encouraging 10,000 Liverpool residents, the games host City, to join the organ donor register.
One of the UK’s largest multi-sport events, the Games are organised by the charity Transplant Sport and will welcome over 2,500 people to Liverpool between 28 and 31 July 2016.
Lynne Holt who worked as a transplant coordinator for over 30 years now helps organise the event through Transplant Sport, the charity behind the Westfield Health British Transplant Games. Lynne said: “Transplant Sport desperately want to see the consent rate rise to 80% by 2020. The only way this can happen is if families get together and have that difficult chat about their wishes on organ donation. I’ve been that nurse who has to ask the question, at a time where these poor people can barely let you know if they want a cup of tea. We are asking for families to talk so that decision, although unthinkable, is an easy one and one that could save many lives.”
Maisie Danher, 10 from Prenton, Wirral, underwent a life-saving liver transplant in 2010 aged 4. She shared her donor liver with an adult recipient, Paul Evans, a businessman from Bournemouth. Both will compete in the British Transplant Games in Liverpool.
Maisie's mother, Jenny Danher, said: "Maisie and Paul were both saved by one single donor and words cannot express the gratitude we feel towards the family who granted her a second chance at life.
“The Transplant Games are an emotional event as you see first-hand all these amazing people who would not be alive had it not been for their donors. Maisie and our family are really looking forward to participating in the Games on our home turf and really hope it gets people talking about organ donation.”
The Games have been held annually since 1978, promoting the benefits of transplantation, the desperate need for organ donors and to celebrate the many incredible achievements of transplant athletes. It also now embraces the Donor Family Network and celebrates the many families who have enabled the ‘Gift of Life’ to be fulfilled.
Graham Moore, Westfield Health Chairman, added: “With just under a week to go, we hope the momentum of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games will keep the subject of organ donation in the spotlight. Westfield Health are honoured to be involved in such a moving event which works tirelessly to raise the profile of the need for more organ donors.
“We understand that speaking about organ donation is a difficult conversation, but having that chat with family and friends and signing the register is the very best way to support the ethos of the Games, and potentially help those on the transplant waiting list to find a life-saving match.”
For more information about the Games, visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk, follow @WHBTG or search for ‘British Transplant Games’ on Facebook.
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk