One hundred days until Transplant Games begin

Tuesday 18 April marks 100 days to go until the start of competition at The Westfield Health British Transplant Games

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The event will attract around 1000 transplant athletes along with 2000 supporters to North Lanarkshire in July 2017.

Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport, the aim of the Games is to raise awareness of organ donation and increase sign ups to the NHS Organ Donor Register (ODR).

In addition, they aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, while increasing public awareness of the need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes now with their families.

Linda Johnston, project manager, said: "North Lanarkshire has seen a boost to the numbers of people on the Organ Donor Register - with a record 123,297 people currently registered.

"Each year sees around 30 people in our area receiving an organ transplant.

"And in the past year 6000 new people have joined the register, but more still needs to be done.

"There are currently 52 people in North Lanarkshire waiting for a transplant and we'd really hope that everybody would consider signing up to the register at www.organdonationscotland.org"

Held over four days, the Westfield Health British Transplant Games include a range of sporting events and competitions, from fishing through to track and field.

Swimming will take place in Sir Matt Busby Sport Complex with athletics at Wishaw Sports Centre.  All the other sports will be delivered throughout key sports hubs. There will be more than 20 sports available.

You can get involved by:

  • Sponsoring - packages are still available and will make a significant difference to the success of the Games. Packages start at only £500 so if you know of any business that would be interested please contact gowl@northlan.gov.uk.
  • Organising a slosh - We're also still looking for work or family groups to take part in Slosh Across Scotland so if you want to hold a fun event with a difference check out the details on our Facebook page.
  • Registering to the organ donor register - So far, 1,455 people have signed up to the register since we launched preparations for the Games last November. However, with 52 residents still waiting on a transplant we need many more. Join the register now at organdonationscotland.org
  • Volunteering - We've had a great response from North Lanarkshire residents to volunteer at the event but there's still time to sign up. So if you would like to be involved, then please contact dutyofficer@vanl.co.uk.

The games have been staged annually since 1978 in a number of host cities including Sheffield, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham, Liverpool, Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester, London and Coventry.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2017 will be held in North Lanarkshire from 27th - 30th July 2017.

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