The Westfield Health British Transplant Games are coming to Birmingham in the summer of 2018, it promises to be one of THE biggest and most celebrated Transplant Games to date
Posted: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:47
About the Games:
The British Transplant Games organised by the charity Transplant Sport, is one of the largest annual multi-sports events in the United Kingdom and will be hosted across Birmingham over four days and nights, 2nd - 5th August 2018.
The Games have been held annually since 1978 and have grown from an original 99 entrants (nicknamed the 99 blooming miracles) to 800 competitors today. They aim to promote the benefits of transplantation, the desperate need for organ donors and to celebrate the many incredible achievements of transplant athletes. The Games also embraces the Donor Family Network and Adult Live Donors, celebrating the many families who have enabled the "Gift of Life" to be fulfilled.
About the Birmingham Games:
Competing in over 25 sports over 4 days. 1,000 recipients of a life-saving organ transplant together with 1,500 their supporters will arrive in the City. Using some of Birmingham's iconic venues, Alexander Stadium, the Symphony Hall, the ICC and the new University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness Centre, the build up to the Games has begun. The Games will inject £2m into the local economy and generate significant national media profile. Consequently, in staging the Games, Birmingham's businesses and charities have a unique opportunity to come together and support organ donation and The British Transplant Games
The Games in 2018 will also showcase the hard work, dedication and talent of the doctors and nurses who work within Birmingham to make it the largest (and, we think one of the best!) transplant unit in Europe. The Games will show the benefits of sport, celebrate the donor families and encourage organ donation People from the BAME Communities have a greater need for organ transplant but often experience some of the lowest rates of consent for organ donation and therefore many wait longer and have a higher risk of death awaiting a transplant. We are currently setting up a Games sub group to target this issue and seek increased sign ups to the organ donor register amongst the BAME Community.
The City is working very closely and effectively with NHS partners (especially the QE and the Children's Hospital), the University of Birmingham, Sport Birmingham and Transplant Sport. Please could you consider how you could help local businesses support the Games and encourage organ donation by all our citizens.
Please also take a moment to consider whether you would become an organ donor – if you would take an organ if you needed one? Why would you not give several people a chance to live after your death?
Go on, be a HERO and sign up; its easy (https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/).