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Yorkshire athletes travel to North East for British Transplant Games

Every year hundreds of lives are saved through organ transplants. The British Transplant games, give those people the chance to thank families who have given them the gift of life.

Athletes from across Yorkshire have travelled to the North East for a weekend of games.

It is still rare for the relatives of donors to meet the people they have helped.

But today at this year's games Freda Carter met Scott Rutherford. Scott received a heart from her son John. Matt Price reports.

Transplant games to encourage organ donation in South Yorkshire

Three South Yorkshire transplant recipients who defied life-threatening illnesses are among the first to sign up for next year's British Transplant Games.

Natalie Acott, 18, of Sheffield; and David Horner, 43, and Michael Lord, both from Rotherham, will be competing as part of the Sheffield team at the Games, which will take place in Sheffield in August.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games aim to raise awareness of organ donation and increase the amount of names on the NHS Organ Donor Register. The Westfield Health British Transplant Games take place in Sheffield from August 15 to 18. To get involved visit this website.

  • The Games have been staged annually since 1978 in host cities around the UK.
  • When the Games last took place in Sheffield, numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register across South Yorkshire grew by 25,000.

I'm delighted to see our team growing. With next year's Games being held in our hometown of Sheffield we're even more excited and we're urging people across South Yorkshire to get involved, whether that's through volunteering, fundraising, sponsorship or, most importantly, becoming an organ donor."

– Betty Rayner, Sheffield transplant team manager