Businesses rally together to support World Transplant Games 2019

11th March 2019

Business Briefing at Close House. Credit North News.

Business leaders from across the North East were welcomed to a special briefing for the World Transplant Games, also known as the ‘Transplant Olympics’, which will be held in NewcastleGateshead on 17-24 August.

Around 100 businesses attended the briefing which featured inspiring stories of transplantation and courage. The event proved to be a rallying call for local businesses and the community to get behind what will be one of the largest events coming to the North East in 2019.

Attendees heard inspiring tales from GB Team Manager Lynne Holt, transplant athlete Sam Pooley and transplant volunteer Cissy Adamou, and were given an insight into plans for the Games and upcoming fundraising activity that they can get involved in.

The Games provide an opportunity for the 3,000 participants from over 60 countries, their families and communities to celebrate life-saving organ and tissue transplantation and the gift of a second chance at life.

Graham Wylie CBE, Chair of the World Transplant Games 2019 Local Organising Committee, was over the moon at the turnout. He said, “Our ambition is to make these the best Games yet! We will be staging an exciting international sporting event at world-class venues and showcasing the best that the region has to offer.  The NewcastleGateshead Games will shine a spotlight on transplant surgery, organ donation and the need for everyone to share their wishes with family. There are around 5900 people on the transplant waiting list currently in the UK. Organ failure can affect us all regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity and the issue of organ donation can impact all our lives. That’s a compelling reason for businesses and communities to get behind the Games and pledge their support in whatever way they can.”

Jason Hogan, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy CEO at Westfield Health, who sponsor the Games said: “This is a fantastic initiative which raises awareness of such an important cause. We’re really proud to support the Games and all of the incredible people that are involved.

“It’s wonderful to see so many regional businesses involved in the Games and attending events like the briefing. We’re really looking forward to seeing how future plans unfold and the success of upcoming fundraising activity.”

The World Transplant Games 2019 are delivered by destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with a range of stakeholders on behalf of the World Transplant Games Federation.

For more information on the Games, organ donation and to find out how you can get involved in volunteering and fundraising go to:

For more information on Westfield Health’s support, visit: