Westfield Health to sponsor World Transplant Games 2019
Westfield Health, has signed-up as the first major sponsor of the 22nd World Transplant Games (WTG) when they are staged in NewcastleGateshead in 2019.
The Westfield Health Charitable Trust has donated more than £14m to the NHS and medically related charities in the past 20 years. With a decade long track record of supporting transplant sport in the UK, it has sponsored the British Transplant Games since 2008, including the NewcastleGateshead Games held in 2015.
Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health, said: “Westfield Health is thrilled to be headline sponsor of the World Transplant Games as they return to the UK after a 22-year break. The Games are an amazing spectacle but more importantly, they raise vital awareness about the life-saving gift of organ donation and transplantation.
“At Westfield we’re committed to helping people live healthy, happy lives for longer, so we’re extremely proud to support this truly inspiring event which showcases how transplantation can enable people to do just that.”
Westfield Health’s backing of the World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead in 2019 demonstrates its confidence in the host venue and the life-enhancing spectacle of transplant sport. The event attracts more than 3,000 athletes from more than 50 countries, all of whom compete following successful organ and tissue transplants.
Graham Wylie, chair of the World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019, said: “The World Transplant Games are an inspiring celebration of human courage and physical fitness. They demonstrate the extraordinary things that are possible for transplant patients and help to raise awareness of the life-saving gift of organ and tissue donation.
“Westfield Health has been a passionate supporter of transplant sport since 2008 and I’m delighted they’re continuing to do so by helping provide a stage for the world’s best transplant athletes to perform here in North East England.”
The games will take place from August 17-24, 2019, at some of the top sports venues in Tyne and Wear, including Gateshead International Stadium, Sport Central at Northumbria University, Newcastle United F.C and the Sunderland Aquatic Centre.
NewcastleGateshead was chosen as the WTG host venue after beating off stiff competition from Houston, Texas in America.
The summer installment of the World Transplant Games take place every two years and was last held in the UK in 1995 in Manchester. Its return is due mainly to NewcastleGateshead’s successful delivery of the 2015 British Transplant Games, described by organisers and participants as “the best-ever.”