Grand launch of inspiring games

Hundreds of people are to parade through Sheffield to mark the start of an inspiring athletics event.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games – where transplant survivors compete in everything from archery to squash to raise awareness of life-saving organ donation –begins next Thursday, August 15.

Sheffield City Hall is hosting an opening ceremony after the parade, led by the England football band, marches down from Devonshire Green to Sheffield City Hall. Andrew Eddy, chairman of Transport Sport UK, will light the Donor Family Flame to signal the start of the games before Bollywood dancers entertain the crowds.

The games will take place over four days, involve more than 1,500 people and are expected to generate around £1.5m for the local economy.

John Timms, event manager at MLS, said: “Sheffield City Hall will be the perfect setting for the opening ceremony and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the games.”

He added: “Last year we were able to add 25,000 names to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“We’re hoping to beat that this year and add even more names.”

The Star is backing the Gift of Life campaign to recruit 12,000 more organ donors from South Yorkshire before the games start.

n To register as an organ donor call 0300 123 23 23, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or text SAVE to 62323.

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