One of the North East’s biggest leisure operators has thrown its weight behind the Westfield Health British Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2015 – and is now calling on diners to lend their support.

Teams from hospitals across the UK will take part in the games, held at venues across NewcastleGateshead and the North East from 30 July to 02 August, to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation and raise awareness of the need for organ donation.

The Games are being held in the North East for the first time and now Newcastle-based Malhotra Group plc is calling on food lovers to join it in a bid to raise much needed funds for the cause.

From Monday 27July to Sunday 2nd August, its Scalini’s restaurants at Osborne Road, Jesmond and Three Mile Inn, Gosforth, will serve a specially created baby prawn and crab pappardelle pasta dish, with chilli, garlic, coriander, baby spinach and lemon grass oil.

And not only will five per cent of each £9.95 dish be donated straight to Transplant Sport, the charity behind the games, but the Malhotra Group will then match the final amount raised.

Graham Wylie, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the Transplant Games, said: “I would like to thank the chefs at Scalini’s for coming up with such a delicious dish. I’m confident it will help raise valuable funds in support of the games, but importantly, also raise awareness of the desperate need for more people to join the Organ Donor Register.

“It’s fantastic that Malhotra Group has joined a host of other corporate partners in supporting the British Transplant Games. To have the backing of the North East business community is vital to ensure the NewcastleGateshead Games are a huge success.”

Atul Malhotra, director of the Malhotra Group PLC, said: “We are proud to be associated with the games as it is important to raise awareness for such a worthy cause.

“An organ donor can prove to be the difference between life and death and, as CHUF – the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital – is our sponsored charity this year it makes sense to be a part of these games.”

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2015 is one of the largest annual multi-sports events in the United Kingdom. The Games will be hosted across NewcastleGateshead 30 July-02 August 2015. The British Transplant Games are organised by the charity Transplant Sport. The four day event celebrates the many incredible achievements of transplant athletes, and highlights not just the benefits of transplantation, but the desperate need for organ donors in the North East and across the UK.

Every 10 minutes, somebody’s name gets added to the donor waiting list whilst three people die every day because they can’t get the organ they need. In the North East alone there are currently more than 300 people waiting for transplants. To join the NHS Organ Donor Register and help save lives TEXT: SAVE to 62323, call 0300 123 2323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

To find out more about the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2015 please visit www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk.

 

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For more information on of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, please contact:  Shelley Armstrongshelley.armstrong@ngi.or.guk / 0191 4405739 / 07717 631109.