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Sheffield transplant survivors hit the right note for appeal

The Wessex Male Choir rehearse at Meadowhall in advance of the fundraising concert at Sheffield City Hall, and are joined by visitors to the shopping complex.

The Wessex Male Choir rehearse at Meadowhall in advance of the fundraising concert at Sheffield City Hall, and are joined by visitors to the shopping complex.

Transplant survivors will sing out in Sheffield to raise awareness of life-saving organ donation.

Inspirational patients are to form part of the Donate Life concert – also starring singer Aled Jones – in front of more than 2,000 people at Sheffield City Hall in July.

Among them will be 21-year-old Peter Murray, of Walkley, Sheffield, who was born with a disorder which meant he needed a kidney transplant at the age of just three.

He spoke as part of The Star’s Gift of Life campaign to recruit 12,000 more organ donors before the Westfield Health British Transplant Games come to Sheffield this summer.

Medical student Peter, who performed his own song Standing Tall about organ donation at last year’s games, said: “It will be really good for people to come to the concert and the games and see how these people’s lives have been transformed by organ donation.

“I’m performing Standing Tall because I thought it would be an opportunity to spread awareness, that’s why I wrote it in the first place.”

Donate Life is the first event of its kind and takes place on the penultimate day of this year’s National Transplant Week, an NHS Blood and Transplant campaign to encourage more people in the UK to say yes to organ donation.

Families whose loved ones donated organs after their deaths, and people still waiting for an organ to change their lives, are also to take to the stage.

Andy Eddy, chairman of the Transplant Sport UK charity, said the performance would be ‘spine-tingling’.

He added: “Through organising sports and social events for transplant recipients we can show the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after transplantation.”

Choirs and singers can take part in the concert on Saturday, July 13.

A rehearsal has already been held at Meadowhall shopping centre.

n Contact Transplant Sport on 0115 837 0878 to take part in the event.

n Tickets for the show at 7pm cost from £10 and are available from Sheffield City Hall on 0114 2789 789.

 

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