n This year’s British Transplant Games take place in Belfast from August 4 to 7.
Yet when the public are asked, an impressive four out of five of us say we would choose to donate our organs if the opportunity arose. The figures just don’t add up.
That’s why Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) hosts the annual British Transplant Games year after year, giving those who have been lucky enough to receive a donor organ the chance to compete in sporting events whilst raising awareness of the NHS organ donor register.
Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield Health – headline sponsor of this year’s Games, said: “We’ve been a key supporter of the British Transplant Games since 1995 and we have been the headline sponsor for three previous games, all of which have been a fantastic experience for everyone involved.
“At Westfield Health we take great pride in the fact that our company has become synonymous not only with ethical and quality products, but also with making a significant contribution to the communities we serve. The fact that three people die every day whilst waiting for a transplant is a tragic loss. What more of an incentive do we need to sign up to the NHS organ donor register?”
To find out more about this year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Belfast visit www.transplantsport.org.uk or follow on Twitter @WHBTG2011.
Games At A Glance
This year’s British Transplant Games take place in Belfast from August 4 to 7.
They are expected to attract 1,800 transplant athletes, families and friends who take part in a huge variety of sports and social events over the four days.
The British Transplant Games are organised each year on behalf of the Transplant Sport UK organisation.
The Games were inaugurated in 1978 in Portsmouth by Maurice Slapak, who at the time was a Consultant Transplant Surgeon.
Approximately 100 participants took part in the first Games in a one day event. Over the past 30 years, the British Transplant Games has grown to a four day annual event for over 600 competitors and nearly 1,000 supporters.
The aim of the event is to encourage transplant patients to regain fitness and to promote friendship and co-operation between individuals concerned with transplantation, whilst increasing public awareness of the value of organ donation.
The Games took place in Sheffield in 2008.
Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk to sign up to the donor register.