“IT seems appalling to me that three people die every day waiting for a transplant.”
Sheffield businessman Graham Moore, chairman of not-for-profit firm Westfield Health, spoke out as the company prepares to be headline sponsor of the city’s British Transplant Games this summer.
Organisers are hoping to sign up 12,000 more donors to the NHS register before the event - a campaign which is backed by The Star.
Grandad Graham, who lives in Sheffield, said: “The reason for us getting involved with the games is simple.
“We can’t think of a better cause to avoid the tragic waste of life.
“Together with our friends at The Star we want to sign up 12,000 names to the organ donor register before the games take place.”
This year is the fifth time Westfield has been headline sponsor for the games. Hundreds of inspirational transplant survivors will compete in sports from archery to swimming, in venues across the city.
Westfield’s charitable trust has given over £11 million to the NHS and medical-related causes since 1996.
Graham, also chairman of the local organising committee for the transplant games, urged other businesses to support the games too.
He added: “They can get involved either through sponsorship, volunteering or fundraising - or even just by having staff sign up to the register.
“The biggest problem is 90 per cent of the population have indicated they would be an organ donor, but only a third have signed up.”
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