Sponsorship and volunteering

Ways for businesses to get involved

Sponsorship, donations and in kind support.

Circa 70 countries with a targeted 3,000 participants over 7 days – who wouldn’t want to get involved!

These highly emotive games are a celebration of a second chance of living life to the full, highlighting the importance of physical activity and a healthy lifestyle in the well-being of transplant recipients. The importance of these games cannot be overstated when it comes to the awareness of and attitude towards transplantation and the organ donor register. We believe the Games to be an excellent vehicle for a brand looking to bolster its corporate social responsibility program beyond the usual and make a real impact.

NewcastleGateshead the 2019 host has a proven track record of delivering world-class events and this vibrant region is filled with fantastic supportive, sport-loving people. This will guarantee that the games here will be a massive success, not just for the participants and sponsors, but for the thousands of people who directly or indirectly benefit from organ transplantation.

To achieve this success, we need your support, whether that be through sponsorship, donations or volunteering through the CSR campaign.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Tier One: Rather than dictate to you as a potential partner or sponsor brand, what you could get for a certain level of financial contribution, we believe that we should listen to you first and foremost. Once we ascertain what you, as a brand, would like to achieve from involvement in the Games, we will help you to craft a bespoke engagement solution. The proper and effective activation plan will deliver opportunities for the brand to incorporate the Games into your CSR plan and framework, delivering on-brand conversations and engagement.

Tier Two: Companies can get involved either through donations or activating elements within their CSR campaigns such as association with the Donor Fun Run or the volunteer programme. In kind support can be as simple as providing items for the volunteers’ packed lunches or backing the marketing and communication campaign for the Games and organ donor registration.

Other ways of engaging

Provide an auction prize for the Gift of Life Ball to be held on Saturday 19 January 2019 at Hilton NewcastleGateshead. Email: carolestonehouse@outlook.com

Take a table at the Afternoon Tea Party (download the pdf) to take place Friday 29 March 2019. More details will be revealed soon.

Enter a company team in the Donor Fun Run, 18 August 2019.

Sponsor a country or a Games event.

We are happy to present the WTG 2019 concept to senior management and discuss activation ideas with your marketing team.

Download a Partner Engagement or a WTG2019 FUNdraising ideas sheet.

Contact Carol Stonehouse for donations and the CSR Campaign Pack carolestonehouse@outlook.com

Children that have been saved by organ donors.


Volunteering at the 2019 World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead is a great way to get involved in this inspirational sporting event and to celebrate organ and tissue donation and the Gift of Life.

We need hundreds of volunteers to help us deliver the Games and our volunteers will be an integral part of what makes the Games a community event that unites, inspires and uplifts.

You can play your part – health care professionals, physiotherapists, massage therapists, communications specialists, photographers, videographers, students, donor families, living donors and others.

There will be a wide range of roles available covering: accommodation and hospitality; sports events and venues; social and cultural programme; marketing and PR; transport and logistics; health and safety. View the roles here.

If you are a supporter at the Games and signed up to the Accreditation package you can also volunteer.

The recruitment process is now open. Register online here or email: volunteering@gateshead.gov.uk

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The Donor Run

Sunday 18 August, Newcastle Quayside. Time TBC.

The Donor Run is one of the Games’ highlights and is open to all transplant recipients, donor families, supporters of the Games and the general public. Participants come together to walk or run in gratitude of all organ donors and their families. It’s also a perfect opportunity for us to spread the message about signing the Organ Donor Registers and sharing our wishes with family members.


We welcome spectators to cheer on the competitors and experience the excitement of the Games although some venues will only be available by accreditation due to capacity. More details to follow.

Organ Donation

Right now across the UK, there are around 5,900 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day who could have benefited from an organ transplant.

We need more people to support donation. Tell your family you want to save lives through organ donation and join the NHS Organ Donor Register at  www.organdonation.nhs.uk. It only takes a few minutes to register. Please share your wishes with your family and ask them whether they want to be donors too. #YesIDonate

Join the NHS Organ Donor Register