The organ donation register has been boosted by more than 23,800 new names thanks to The Star’s Gift Of Life campaign - with over 1,600 people adding their support during the city’s Transplant Games.
The latest update from NHS Blood and Transplant shows 1,617 extra people from South Yorkshire joined the register during the athletics competition, which is being hailed by organisers as the ‘best ever’ games, taking the total to 23,860.
Sportsmen and women who are all transplant patients took part in dozens of events over four days, raising awareness of organ donation and thanking people who gave them a second chance at life.
Graham Moore, chairman of sponsor Westfield Health and the local organising committee for the games, said: “This year’s games really have been the biggest and best in the event’s 35-year history.
“The support from local businesses, charities and the public throughout South Yorkshire has been overwhelming, and together we have made an enormous difference to numbers on the local NHS organ donor register, which will help save many lives.”
Mr Moore added: “Watching the athletes take part has been truly inspirational and their lust for life is infectious.
“I’ve been very proud to be part of such a moving event and I hope the legacy of the games, and the important message about organ donation, stays with SouthYorkshire forever.”
Transplant survivors competed in everything from archery and tennis to The Star Donor Run.
n For more photographs see Star People on Monday.