Sheffield boss urges city businesses to support organ donor register

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A Sheffield businessman is calling on city companies to commit to efforts to increase the number of organ donors available.

On the back of the biggest ever Westfield Health British Transplant Games, the city health insurer’s chairman, Graham Moore, has called for businesses to encourage more people to sign up to the NHS donor register.

More than 850 transplant athletes competed in the Games this year and 2,500 spectators attended, making it the biggest ever event in its 38-year history.

Westfield Health has supported the British Transplant Games since 2008 and helped set up the ‘Gift for Life’ campaign when the Games were held in Sheffield in 2013.

The campaign led to more than 23,000 additional organ donor registrations across South Yorkshire.

Mr Moore said: “The shortage of organ donors in the UK is a national tragedy. Three people die every day while waiting for a transplant, and around 7,000 people in the UK are estimated to be waiting for a new organ. So we must act now to highlight the continuing desperate need for donors.”

To join the organ donor register visit www.organdonation.nhs.co.uk