Hundreds of inspirational transplant recipients and their supporters are in Bolton this morning for the 2014 Westfield Health British Transplant Games.
The event is expected to attract more than 600 transplant athletes and more than 1,000 supporters to the town, runs from 7-10 August.
Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport by events company MLS Contracts, and supported by not-for-profit health insurer Westfield Health, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of organ donation and boost numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR).
Wendy Meredith, Director of Public Health for Bolton Council and Chair of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for Bolton 2014, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the British Transplant Games to Bolton next August.
“It’s such an inspirational event and one that really can help save lives through showcasing the benefits of organ donation.
“I’d like to urge the people and businesses of Bolton to get behind the Games, be it through sponsorship, volunteering or talking about organ donation with their family and friends. Let’s welcome the event to our wonderful town and make a real difference to those affected by transplantation.”
Lynne Holt, trustee of Transplant Sport, said: “We are really looking forward to bringing the Transplant Games to Bolton in 2014.
“Not only does the event bring in over 2,000 people to Bolton and the surrounding areas, it demonstrates the quality of life people can have after a successful transplant, and most importantly, highlights the need for more people to discuss their wishes on organ donation with their families and sign on to the Organ Donor Register.”
Held in Sheffield, the 2013 Westfield Health British Transplant Games saw organ donor registrations in South Yorkshire rise by more than 22,000 names.