Deputy PM supports transplant campaign

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Sheffield MP Nick Clegg has backed a Star campaign to sign up 12,000 more organ donors before the British Transplant Games come to the city.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat MP for Sheffield Hallam said he had been ‘incredibly moved’ by the stories of organ recipients.

Almost 9,000 people from Sheffield have become organ donors since the launch of the Gift of Life campaign this year.

Mr Clegg said: “The Gift of Life campaign is making good progress towards its target of 12,000 names I would urge those who haven’t yet signed up as donors to do so and, importantly, to share their wishes with their loved ones.

“Three people die every day while waiting for a transplant, so let’s pull together and ensure fewer lives are needlessly lost because of a shortage of donors.”

The British Transplant Games will begin in Sheffield on Thursday, August 15. Hundreds of athletes – all touched by transplantation – will compete.

And everyone can also take part in a special 5km or 3km Star Donor Run – expected to be one of the last public events at Don Valley Stadium – on Saturday, August 17 , to show their support for organ donation.

Andrew Eddy, chairman of Transplant Sport, the charity behind the games, said: “The Gift of Life campaign is vital in growing the numbers of organ donors in Sheffield and Mr Clegg’s support will hopefully help us to reach if not exceed our target of 12,000 names by August.”

n To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 0300 123 2323. To enter the donor run, visit www.donorrun.co.uk