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University supports Westfield Health British Transplant Games

12 April 2012

Canterbury Christ Church University has been unveiled as the latest sponsor of the 2012 Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Medway.

The university will be an official Bronze Partner of the Games.

The 2012 Westfield Health British Transplant Games will take place in Medway, Kent from 23 to 26 August 2012. Hundreds of transplant athletes will compete in a range of sporting events, from archery to running and darts to swimming, with the aim of raising awareness of organ donation.

Canterbury Christ Church University has had a Medway campus since 2004, where classes in health and social care education are offered.

Peter Milburn, Medway Campus Director and Academic Lead for Postgraduate Medical Education, said: “Canterbury Christ Church University is proud to be a sponsor of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, an important occasion for both the Medway towns and the university.

“We are the largest provider of health and social care education, training and associated research in the southeast of England, and being part of the Games gives us an exciting opportunity to celebrate our history of working with the health sector in our Jubilee year, as well as supporting the campaign for organ donation.”

Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the Games, John Spence, said: “Getting organisations like Canterbury Christ Church University involved is tremendously helpful for us to raise awareness of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games and ultimately the benefits of becoming an organ donor.

“This is the first year Medway has been our host, so having local sponsors like a major university will help establish us across Kent. We are very grateful for their support.”

This year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games will closely follow the London Olympics and precede the Paralympics. The majority of the action will be staged at the £11.1 million Medway Park.

To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 03001232323, text SAVE to 84118 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.

 

Notes to Editor

  • Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) was founded in 1978 in Portsmouth by Consultant Transplant Surgeon Maurice Slapak. About 100 competitors took part in the first Games in a one day event which has now evolved to span four days, attracting more than 600 competitors and almost 1,000 supporters every year
  • The aim of the Games is to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to sign on the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes now with their families
  • The 2012 Games will be held in Medway from 23-26 August
  • The Games have been staged annually since 1978 in a number of host cities including Portsmouth, Newcastle, Cardiff, Birmingham, Exeter, Liverpool, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, London, Manchester, Sheffield, Norwich, Loughborough, Bath and Coventry
  • The UK team will be selected following Medway to represent UK in the World Transplant Games being held in Durban, SA next year.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

•We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent UK graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.

•Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).

•We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).

•2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

Released by HR Media Ltd on behalf of Transplant Sport UK (TSUK) and the Westfield Health British Transplant Games. For more information please contact Mike Laskey at HR Media on 0114 252 7767 or email mike@hrmedia.org.uk, or Kirstie Kinrade on 0114 252 7768 or kirstie@hrmedia.org.uk.

 

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