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Good luck to Team GB in this year’s World Transplant Games

This weekend (17 August 2019) sees the start of this year’s World Transplant Games which takes place over the next seven days in the North East of England.

16 August 2019

Participants from 59 countries across the world, including a team of athletes from Great Britain, will take part in the Games in Newcastle and Gateshead, starting on Saturday 17 August.

Cyclists competing in a World Transplant Games eventAlmost 1,500 athletes will compete in 16 sporting events across 13 venues in the region – all transplant recipients, donor families, living donors or those who have had their lives touched in some way through organ donation.

Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant said: 

“It’s wonderful to see so many athletes who have experienced the lifesaving benefits of organ donation and transplantation coming together to compete and celebrate the healthy life their organ transplant has given them.

Hope: The World Transplant Games mascot gives the thumbs up“Everyday lives are saved and transformed through organ transplantation and raising awareness of organ donation has never been more important – particularly with the law about organ donation changing in England and Scotland next year.

“I wish Team GB all the best at the World Transplant Games and hope their achievements in the Games and commitment to raising the profile of organ donation will inspire others to have their donation conversation with those closest to them and make their choices known.”

If the World Transplant Games have inspired you to record your own decision on organ donation, why not register it now?

Please pass on your decision to your close family so they know what you want when the time comes.