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The games which help and support so many people

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The British Transplant Games 2013 took place in Sheffield last week, sponsored by local company Westfield Health. Along with many of the city’s residents, Meg Munn MP went to show support for the athletes as they paraded through the city centre.

The Games attracted hundreds of athletes, all of whom had undergone at least one life saving organ transplant. After serious operations trying to get fit is not easy, and sport is a great way of encouraging people to do so. The Games encourage people to try their best as they compete against other former patients, and they are also an excellent way of raising awareness of transplantation and boosting numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Sheffield can be proud of the support it has given to the games over the years. 2008 was the last time the event was held here and an additional 25,000 people signed up to the Organ Donor Register across South Yorkshire, giving more hope to those on the transplant waiting list.

Meg said:

“I love playing sport and was delighted to support the games which help and support so many people. Everyone taking part had an amazing story to tell. But at the moment there are three people dying every day whilst waiting for a transplant. We need more names on the register. I signed up to the register and would urge everyone to do so. It’s not easy to think about dying, but for families who have lost relatives it can be a great comfort knowing they have helped someone else to live.”

For more information on the donor register go to:  https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/how_to_become_a_donor/registration/consent.asp

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