• Learn about the history of the British Transplant Games
  • Find out how you can support NHS Organ Donation Week 2016
  • Read how one of our lovely people has become a triple threat since her heart transplant

The British Transplant Games aim are an excellent way to celebrate organ donors and recipients, demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encourage transplant patients to get their fitness back, and highlight the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register.

From 5th – 11th September 2016, the NHS will be promoting Organ Donation Week, a chance to celebrate those who have saved lives, as well as highlight the importance of organ donation. To show your support, why not consider signing up to the NHS Organ Donor Register?

Anyone, regardless of age or health, who is considered legally competent, can join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Joining the register expresses a wish to help others by donating organs for use in transplantation after death and importantly is a way to give legal consent or authorisation for donation to take place. 

Joining the register is simple. You can sign up online or when you:

  • Register for a driving licence with the DVLA
  • Apply for a Boots Advantage card
  • Register at a GP surgery
  • Register for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Helen's story

In 1991, Helen was an active 17 year old – but her athletic days came to an abrupt end when she collapsed during a half marathon and was rushed to hospital, where it was identified that she had a heart condition.

Hospital doctors warned Helen that the condition would only get worse and so recommended she undergo a heart transplant operation, which she received two and a half years ago. Since then, Helen has worked incredibly hard to regain her fitness and has re-joined her old running and squash clubs.

With the support and encouragement of the local clubs, in the 2016 British Transplant Games, Helen won Gold for the Ladies 800m, Silver for 50m backstroke, and Bronze medals for the Ladies 1500m, Squash and Table Tennis!

"LV= has been a tremendous support to me when I was advised I would need a transplant, adapting my work to allow me to continue working up until the day before the operation. A big thank you must go to my colleagues on the claims team for the support and encouragement they have given me." Helen said.

"I'd like to use this opportunity to urge people to register as an organ donor during Organ Donation week 2016, as a donation like the one I received can make such a positive difference."

The first ever British Transplant Games were held in Portsmouth in 1978; roughly 100 participants took part in the one day event designed to increase public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register. These days, the Games are a four day annual spectacular with over 800 transplant recipients aged from 2 - 80+ taking part in over 20 different sports.