Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bunch of Marvels!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bunch of Marvels!

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Byline: Craig Thompson Health Reporter

SWAP op stars enjoyed their first full day of competition as the British Transplant Games got under way 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%."

Yesterday 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.

Today, hundreds of runners will gather on the Newcastle-Gateshead quayside for one of the event's highlights - The Donor Run.

Winner of last year's was John Moore, whose life was saved when he went under the knife to have a liver transplant at the Freeman Hospital.

And the 45-year-old, of Cochrane Park, Newcastle said: "The Games and the run are things I've done for the past two years, but to have it in my home city where my friends can come down is really quite exciting," said John, the 2014 Donor Run 5k winner.

"I'll be starting with table tennis and ten-pin bowling, which is just for fun. With the athletics, I'll be doing the 5k at the run, as well as the 800m and 1,500m at Gateshead International Stadium."

There are more than 300 people in the North East waiting for transplants.

The Games, which run until Sunday, aim to raise awareness of organ donation and get more people signed up to the register.

The extravaganza is expected to bring more than PS2m to the region.

On Thursday, hundreds of athletes and spectators took part in the Games' launch in Newcastle as transplant teams from across the UK paraded through the city centre. …

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