Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2018 proves a resounding success
A momentous weekend as organ donation laws change, a Guinness World Record was broken and Birmingham named the first Donor City
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2018 have been hailed as a resounding success with thousands of people descending on the Birmingham and hundreds of competitors winning medals.
The Games kicked off in style with the Opening Ceremony and as 724 competitors gathered in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of Organ Transplant Recipients was broken, beating the previous total of 438.
The final day of the Games brought with it two exciting announcements; Birmingham was awarded the inaugural Donor City Award and the Government revealed a new system of consent for organ donation following the success in Wales and Scotland.
Attending the Games to deliver the good news was Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price. Speaking of the news, she said: “I was honoured be invited to the closing ceremony of the British Transplant Games to award the very first Donor City Award to Birmingham.
“The city’s work to tackle the shortage of organs we are facing is inspiring and urgently needed - particularly for people from ethnic minority communities who tragically wait longer for a transplant.
“I urge everybody to talk to their loved ones about their wishes on organ donation.”
Graham Moore, Trustee of the Westfield Health Charitable Trust, said: “As a health and wellbeing provider, Westfield Health’s goal is to help people live healthier, happier lives for longer – no matter what. The Westfield Health Charitable Trust is therefore incredibly proud to have been the headline sponsor for this truly inspiring event.
“The Westfield Health Charitable Trust has supported the Games for over a decade and every year we are delighted to see thousands of athletes, volunteers, supporters and families come together to celebrate the life-giving gift that is organ donation.
“Organ donation can turn someone’s life around and the Games aims to raise awareness of the need for more organ donors, while celebrating recipients in regaining fitness to live fulfilled, healthy lives. Every single donor is valuable, and it ultimately means that more lives can be saved.
Throughout the Games weekend a total of 4,211 medals were given out, including 2,000 for taking part in the biggest Donor Run to date, an event which was open to families, friends, supporters and donor families as well as transplant recipients.