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Monday 27 September 2021
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Competitors at the event representing the Salford Royal donors (pink) and how many organs they donated

North West Donation Games

Hundreds of NHS staff, organ donor families and transplant recipients showed their sporting prowess on a giant inflatable obstacle course to raise awareness of Organ Donation Week.


Organised by Salford Royal’s Specialist Nurses for Organ Donation, the ‘It’s a Knockout’ style event was held at Media City on Friday 7 September.


The sun may not have shone on the day but it didn’t stop the competitors climbing, crawling and sliding their way around the course.


The winning teams during the day’s three sessions were the Salford Royal Theatres Team, the boys’ Salford Royal Critical Care team and a team from Havas Links.


A team made of up three kidney recipients came third in the second session of the day.


Matthew Concannon, team leader for Salford Royal Theatres, said: “We are very proud to have won today. It’s the first time we have taken part in the event as a team and although we have come away with a few war wounds, we really enjoyed it.”

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Raynie Carson, Specialist Nurse for Organ Donation at Salford Royal, said: “This is the second year we have held the North West Donation Games and yet again, we had a fantastic time. To see so many people coming together and having a laugh with their friends and colleagues to help raise awareness of organ donation, is just amazing.


“Our message is simple; please sign the organ donor register and one day, you could save someone’s life. If you have already registered to be a donor, don’t forget to tell your family so they can make sure your final wishes are granted.


“It can be difficult for families to consider organ donation when they are experiencing such grief but if you make that decision to register today, you could help bring comfort to loved ones during what can be an incredibly traumatic time.”

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A total of 125 lives have been saved or transformed thanks to 38 Salford Royal patients who became organ donors in the past 12 months.


Anthony Clarkson, Interim Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant added: “Words save lives. Please, tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation, because it could be the difference between life and death for someone else.”


Register at www.organdonation.nhs.uk 

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