HUNDREDS of inspirational transplant recipients will soon be heading to North Lanarkshire for the 2017 Westfield Health British Transplant Games (WHBTG).
The event, which was officially launched at Colzium House in Kilsyth on Wednesday 23 November, is expected to attract more than 750 transplant athletes and more than 1,500 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). Title sponsor Westfield Health, a leading not-for-profit health insurer, has been involved in the Games for more than a decade.
Councillor Jim McCabe, Chair of WHBTG North Lanarkshire 2017, said: “It is a magnificent honour for our county to host the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in 2017.
“It gives me immense pride to welcome the wider Games family to North Lanarkshire; the support everyone has shown us today paints a strong picture of things to come.
“Following on from the success of the 2011 International Children’s Games and more recently, as host and training venue of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, supporting the Westfield Health British Transplant Games is a hugely worthwhile commitment and one that North Lanarkshire is proud to make.
“These games are not solely about sport, but have a human side, too. They demonstrate the courage and personal endeavour of those who take part and the appreciation of the unimaginable pain and courage of the donor families.
“We delivered the best ever International Children’s Games and we’ll deliver the best Westfield Health British Transplant Games.”
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.
An array of campaigns will also take place at a local level to educate and raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register.
Andy Eddy who is the chairman of Transplant Sport commented: “We are delighted to be taking the WHBTG back to Scotland for the fourth time, and we really hope that our message of having the donation conversation will ensure that more families give consent to the donation of their loved ones’ organs.”
Graham Moore, Westfield Health Chairman, said: “We have been involved with the Westfield Health British Transplant Games for many years and it is an honour to be the title sponsors again this year.
“Communicating the value of transplantation and the need to get more names on the Organ Donor Register is vital and we are very proud to play our part in sharing this message across North Lanarkshire and beyond.”