Lives being saved by campaign backing

Graham Moore, of Westfield Health
Graham Moore, of Westfield Health
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We’re almost there!

Almost 9,000 people have signed up to The Star-backed Gift of Life campaign - a bid to recruit 12,000 extra local organ donors - since the drive began.

But organisers are urging more people to sign up before the Westfield Health British Transplant Games get underway in just over a month’s time.

Graham Moore, chairman of the games’ local organising committee and headline sponsor Westfield Health, said: “Reaching this latest figure in our Gift of Life campaign is fantastic, we’re over the moon with the response we’ve had from people across the Sheffield region.

“No doubt many lives will be saved as long as every person who’s signed up has also shared their wishes with their loved ones.

“We’ve still got a way to go – we need to reach 12,000 new names on the NHS Organ Donor Register in the Sheffield region by the time the games take place this August.

“So I urge all Star readers to ask their friends and family to sign up, to discuss the topic of organ donation with their loved ones and spread the vital message that more donors are needed.

“Three people die every day while waiting for an organ, so please take a moment to register and you really could save a life.”

There are now 364,116 people registered with an S postcode - an increase of 8,937 since the campaign began in February.

And the countdown is on before inspirational athletes compete in the transplant games when they begin on August 15.

Already a record number of transplant survivors are signed up to take part - and crowds to watch - in what is expected to be the biggest games in a decade at sporting venues across the city.

To sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk, call 0300 123 23 23 or text SAVE to 62323.

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