Sheffield cheer on the athletes in Transplant Games

British Transplant Games......at Don Valley....competing in the long jump Glenn Weston from Leicester
British Transplant Games......at Don Valley....competing in the long jump Glenn Weston from Leicester
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On your marks, get set and go - the inspirational British Transplant Games are launching in Sheffield this week.

And everyone is invited to cheer on the athletes, or take part in The Star Donor Run, one of the last public participation events at Don Valley, taking place on Saturday.

The countdown is almost over as the British Transplant Games - expected to be the ‘best ever’ - kick off with a parade through the city centre on Thursday.

Athletes will then compete over four days in a wide range of sports, from archery to swimming, at venues including Ponds Forge, Ecclesfield Park and Forge Valley Community School in Stannington.

The games are expected to boost the Sheffield economy by around £1.5 million as visitors flock to the city.

Westfield Health is the main sponsor for the games, which last took place in Sheffield in 2008.

Chairman Graham Moore said: “The games help highlight the benefits to people of transplantation.

“Seeing 600 people taking part in athletic activities after they have survived transplants is so inspirational.

“There are children there too, and some of them have had multiple transplants, so it is brilliant to watch them running around.”

The games give transplant survivors the opportunity to celebrate their second chance, thank their donors, and also raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Places are still available for The Star Donor Run, which includes a 5K and a 3K course.

To enter, or for more details, log on to www.donorrun.co.uk

See The Star on Wednesday for a four-page supplement about the games.

And to join the 22,000 South Yorkshire people who’ve signed up since January to become organ donor thanks to The Star’s Gift of Life campaign, call 0300 123 23 23, text SAVE to 62323 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk