24 July 2015

A team of transplant survivors from Sheffield are donning their sportswear in preparation for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games taking place at the end of July.

Hosted annually by the charity Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) and sponsored by Westfield Health, the Games attract hundreds of athletes from across the UK – all of whom have undergone a live saving transplant – to compete in a variety of sporting events.

The Sheffield team – Paul Morton, Melissa Slaney, Robert Raynor, Bridgetta Greenway, Michael Lord, Darren Lath and David Lilley – have all been in training for the best part of a year in preparation for the event.

Taking place in NewcastleGateshead from 30 July – 2 August 2015, the British Transplant Games began over 35 years ago. Athletes take part in a wide range of sports and activities including swimming, squash, basketball, 10 pin bowling, cycling, fishing and golf.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games celebrate the transformative effects of transplantation and help to raise awareness of the desperate need for more people to join the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow and NHS Organ Donor registers.

Sheffield based health insurer Westfield Health supported the Games since 2008 and is once again headline sponsor this year.

Charlotte Morton, Sheffield Team Manager, said “With around 7,000 people in the UK estimated to be waiting for an organ transplant, and three people dying each day while waiting to find a match, there is still a desperate need for more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, and importantly, to share their wishes with their family.

“The Westfield Health British Transplant Games are the perfect way to raise awareness, and to thank those who have already donated and their families.

“The event is also an inspiring way to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation and encourage transplant patients to regain fitness.

“We’re now on the count down to the competition and the Sheffield team have been training really hard. We definitely have a good chance of coming away with a few medals this year and I’m proud of everyone for their outstanding commitment to the training programme.”

Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore commented: “Westfield Health has been a strong supporter of the British Transplant Games for many years now.

“The Games prove that transplant patients can lead a normal and active life again after their operation, and we’re pleased to be able to help spread that message.

“We’re really looking forward to what is set to be a magnificent event, and we wish the Sheffield team and everyone taking part in the Games the very best of luck.”

Around 32% of the UK population are registered donors, but on average 42% of relatives refuse permission for organ donation to take place. 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. 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.

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