Westfield Health is continuing its support of the British Transplant Games by becoming the title sponsor of the 2009 Games.
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games will be held in Coventry between 30 July and 2 August 2009. The annual event is one of the biggest multi-sports events in the UK.
The aim of the Games is to raise awareness of organ donation and transplantation, and a staggering 28,751 people to date have signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register in the Sheffield area since the 2008 Games were launched earlier this year.
There are currently 10,000 people waiting for organ transplants in the UK. Tragically, a severe shortage of donor organs means that as many as one in three people on the waiting list are likely to die before having a life-saving operation.
Westfield Health Chairman Graham Moore says: “We are delighted to be the title sponsors of the 32nd British Transplant Games. The Games are inspirational and a great way to raise awareness of organ donation. Transplant Sport UK is a very worthwhile charity and the Games provide a real showcase of the benefits of organ donation and prove that transplantees can lead a normal and active life again after transplantation. The 2008 Games in Sheffield were fantastic and we are proud to be continuing our support in 2009. Westfield Health supports many NHS and medically related charities and I can think of no better use of our money than to help to increase the number of organ donors. I carry a donor card myself and would encourage everyone to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and give the gift of life.”
To find out how to join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 0845 60 60 400 or visit www.uktransplant.org.uk to register online.