Sheffield Transplant Team gets £1K boost from Westfield Health

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A team of athletes from Sheffield who have all undergone lifesaving transplants are set to compete at the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2018 in Birmingham later this week.

The Sheffield Transplant team will be taking part in the Games, one of the UK’s largest multi-sport events, which is organised by the charity Transplant Sport.

The team have received a boost of £1,000 from the Games headline sponsors Westfield Health, in order to help fund the team’s participation at the Games.

The Games will welcome over 2,500 people to Birmingham between 2nd and 5th August. Over 800 participants who have received life changing organ, tissue and stem cell donations will compete in sporting events at multiple venues across the city.

Charlotte Morton, Sheffield Transplant Team, manager, said: “We are delighted and so grateful for the donation from the Westfield Health charitable trust.

“All the athletes competing at the Games have to self-fund in order to take part and the donation from Westfield is helping our team with travel costs.

“We are really looking forward to going to Birmingham and representing Sheffield. The Games really do showcase all the benefits of transplantation and are such an inspirational event to be part of.”

The 15 members of the Sheffield Transplant Team are hoping to bring medals back home in a number of events including archery, ten pin bowling, cycling, crown green bowling and track and field.

Graham Moore, Westfield Health Chairman, said: “We are longstanding supporters of the British Transplant Games and in particular the Sheffield Transplant Team.

“It is a pleasure to be able to support the team again this year and we are looking forward to watching them compete and I am sure they will do Sheffield proud.”

For more information about the Games, visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk or follow @WHBTG on Twitter or search ‘The British Transplant Games’ on Facebook.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.uktransplant.org.uk

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