British Transplant Games: Runners enjoy first day of British Donor Games on quayside

Chronicle Live | Craig Thompson

Runners prepare to take part in annual Donor Run on the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides as part of British Transplant Games

Inspiring athletes have enjoyed their first full day of competition as the British Transplant Games got underway across the North East.

The launch coincided with an announcement that Transplant Sport has joined forces with charities from across the UK to launch a new national campaign “Save a Life a Day” to help reduce the number of people dying while waiting for a new organ.

David Nix, Chair of the Donor Family Network and Transplant Sport Trustee, said: “By 2020, Transplant Sport is committed to increasing the family consent rate to organ donation from 57% to 80%.”

Friday saw the first full day of competition for the Games which included Table Tennis at Gateshead College, fishing in Leazes Park, Golf at Close House and children’s bowl throwing at Gateshead International Stadium.

On Saturday, hundreds of runners will gather on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside for one of the event’s highlights - The Donor Run.  Continue reading

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