|12th November 2009|
|The countdown to the 2010 British Transplant Games, which are to be held in Bath, begins.|
Loraine, as chair of the local organising committee, attended the lighting of a torch in the Pump Rooms, Bath, to symbolise the launch of the 2010 British Transplant Games which are being held in Bath next August.
The games feature athletes who have received organs and the ceremony was attended by athletes and families who have lost loved ones. The events are being held in Bath over the 19th to 22nd August 2010 and for the athletes it is a chance to show off their skills. When the games were held in Coventry this year there was a 100% increase in local people joining the organ register
Business people from across
the city attended an event in the Pump Room which fired the starting gun on a sporting
extravaganza which should boost the number of people on the national donor register.
To close the event the transplant flame was lit by the chairman of the British Organ Donation Society Ray Pearson. This symbolised the launch, and the countdown to the start of the games.
Mr Pearson's 17-year-old daughter Nicola died in a car accident in 1995. Her organs were donated to a number of people, and her father said he gets comfort from the fact that lives have been saved because of her.
David Nix MBE, founder of
the Donor Families Network,
who lost his daughter Rebecca in a road accident when she was 21, was at the launch. He
said 74 people benefited from her decision to become a donor.
To see a clip from the BBC's Points West evening news on the 12th of November you can use the video player below.
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|For more information about
the Donor Family Network visit www.donorfamilynetwork.co.uk
For more information on the games, visit www.transplantsport.org.uk
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, visit www.uktransplant.org.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.