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Sheffield health staff offer Gift of Life in backing campaign

Westfield Health in Sheffield hosted the first British Transplant Games awareness day, encouraging staff to sign up to the organ donor register.

Westfield Health in Sheffield hosted the first British Transplant Games awareness day, encouraging staff to sign up to the organ donor register.

Westfield Health – headline sponsor of the British Transplant Games, to be held in the city this year – hosted the first ever British games awareness event.

More than 80 employees heard the inspirational stories of transplant athletes, live donors and transplant team managers.

They also learned the importance of organ donation and backed The Star’s Gift of Life campaign, which aims to sign up 12,000 more local organ donors before the games take place in August.

Graham Moore, chairman of Westfield and the games’ local organising committee, said: “The games, and organ donation in general, is a cause we as a company have been committed to supporting for many years.

“And with the 2013 event taking place here in Sheffield, we’re aiming to help the organisers make it even bigger and better than ever.

“Each and every person who gets involves with the Games, either as a supporter or as an athlete, has an amazing story to tell.

“We wanted to bring those stories to the staff here at Westfield, and hopefully inspire our own employees to get involved in some way.”

Speakers at the event included Betty Rayner, the Sheffield Transplant Team Manager who donated her kidney to her husband Robert saving his life.

Staff at the firm based on Division Street in the city centre, were provided with two computers linked directly to the NHS Organ Donor Register, so they could sign up on the spot.

A night at the dogs also raised more than £1,500 for the transplant games in Sheffield.

More than 300 people turned out to the night of greyhound racing at Owlerton Stadium last week.

John Timms, event director for the games, thanked Owlerton for its support.

He said: “We raised a substantial amount of money and importantly, got more names on the NHS Organ Donor Register, helping to take us closer to our Gift of Life campaign target of 12,000 new names by the time the Games take place in Sheffield this August.”

The games take place from Thursday to Sunday, August 15-18.

Competitors will be using the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre as the primary host venues of the games.

 

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