Transplant Sport

Founded in 1978, Transplant Sport (TS), is the largest national transplant charity increasing awareness of the need for organ donation and showcasing the benefits of transplantation. TS do this through organising sport, social, educational and public events. The charity promotes active recovery for transplant recipients, encouraging them to lead active lifestyles, and provide support to their families and also to those still waiting for a transplant.

TS organises sport and social activities throughout the year all over the UK. The annual highlight is the British Transplant Games where participants of all abilities and all ages, ranging from 2 years – 80+ years, enjoy taking part in over 23 sports and activities. All have either received a life saving transplant, are live donors, or deceased donor families.

All are celebrating the gift of life, and show appreciation for and remember all donors and their families. TS are looking forward to welcoming little heart transplant girl, Ella, to next year’s British Transplant Games in Liverpool!

The elite transplant athletes compete at the World Transplant Games, both winter and summer sports, and the European Transplant Games. The publicity, and personal stories, disseminates the important message of discussing our donation wishes with our families now. With 3 people dying every day waiting for an organ transplant, the real tragedy is, that 42% of potential donor families, do not give consent for donation of their loved ones organs. The majority of these families were not aware of their loved ones wishes. Transplant Sport actively promotes signing on to the NHS Organ Donor Register and increasing the family consent rate, by discussing our wishes now with our families.

Transplant Sport work closely with the Donor Family Network, the leading donor family charity in the transplant community, providing awareness of organ and tissue donation and support of donor families. They promote the positive benefits of organ and tissue donation by encouraging families to talk about organ donation.
The Donor Family Network is run by donor families for donor families. Their logo consists of a butterfly and a forget-me-not. The butterfly represents hope and new life, and the forget-me-not means no donor will ever be forgotten.

To donate life, is the ultimate gift.

For more information on Transplant Sport UK, and how you can support and get involved in committing to make a difference, visit
For more information on the Donor Family Network, visit

Share your decision to become a donor

We would like to thank everyone who has signed the donor register, or will go on to sign it, as a result of watching Gift of Life.

Just as important as signing the register is taking the opportunity to discuss your decision with your family and friends.  Even though you have signed the register, when the time comes your next of kin will be asked if they support your decision and, despite you having signed up, the family can still overrule your decision at this darkest time of their lives because you did not inform them when you were alive.

If they are aware of your wishes, it makes this traumatic moment a little easier for them to give their consent.  Please explain to your loved ones how donating your organs and tissues will save or enhance lives through a transplant.

Carla, a heart recipient, said: “Having the conversation makes it easier for your loved ones to carry out your wishes, should you ever be in the position to donate.  I wouldn’t be here now if a family hadn’t agreed.”

Darran, whose son went on to save five lives, said: “Connor didn’t have the conversation with us, his family.  When we found out he had signed the register to be an organ donor we knew our boy must have wanted this and so we honoured his wishes.  He helped lots of people in life; why wouldn’t he in death?  He was so selfless.”

Charlotte, a double lung recipient, said: “Four years ago my life was saved.  My donor had signed the register and her family followed through with her wishes.  I hope that by knowing that she wanted to be an organ donor in the event of her death, the decision for her family was a slightly easier one.  Having the conversation lets your family know exactly what you want.  Think about it and talk about it!”

Luke, a widower whose wife ran out of time before receiving a set of lungs, said:

“Sam was determined to be a donor if she didn’t get her transplant.  She donated her corneas.”

Vicky’s mum went on to save five lives.  She said: “Having the conversation with your family to let them know you want to be an organ donor is vital for having your wishes carried out.  In that moment, when we were told my mum had passed on, I couldn’t think about anything else other than wanting to run away and hide.  But my sister told the doctor that my mum was on the register and wanted to donate her organs.  And in that moment I remembered and thought: yes, she was!  If my mum hadn’t told each of us her wishes, five people’s lives would never have been saved.  It was one of the easiest decisions I have ever made, because carrying out my mum’s last wishes was the last beautiful thing we could do for her.”

Ian, whose wife went on to save five lives, said: “I was recently asked if it was a hard decision to make.  My reply was that it was very easy because I knew Linny was on the organ donor register and it was the last thing I could do for her – to make her wish happen.”

Julie, whose sister went on to save five lives, said: “Registering as an organ donor is the most selfless act anyone can do – to make that decision to gift your organs after your own death.  But your wishes can be overruled by a grieving loved one if they are hearing this and being asked for final consent for the first time when that eventful moment comes.  So please, please tell ALL your nearest and dearest that you’ve signed up as an organ donor and that it is YOUR wish to help save lives when that time comes.  Having that conversation is a vital part of deciding to become an organ donor and it is so easily overlooked.  Don’t be afraid to talk about it, not only to family but friends as well; you might be surprised to find out you are not the only one or, better still, inspire your family and friends to sign up too”.

Live Life Give Life is a small charity which aims to encourage people to register as organ donors through public education, awareness campaigns, events and activities.  They also fund initiatives to improve the welfare of (and outcome for) patients who need transplants, in addition to supporting the public recognition of donors and their families.  All donations received are put towards raising awareness of organ donation and, ultimately, saving lives.

Find out more here:

Find out how you can become an organ donor and save lives here.

Organ donation: Facts and stats


Organ donations save and enhance thousands of lives every year.

If you are yet to join the Organ Donor Register, we’ve provided some common FAQs, along with some facts and figures to help keep you informed.

How many people need new organs every year?

At any one time around 7,000 people in the UK are waiting for an organ transplant, but due to a shortage of organs up to 1000 of these will die waiting. Almost 200 of these are under the age of 18. 4,431 transplants were performed in the last year.

How many people are already on the Organ Donor Register?

In the UK, there are currently more than 21 million people on the Organ Donation Register, this is up from around 13 million in 2006.

However, the UK population currently stands at around 64 million, so there is still some way to go!

What can I donate?

Most organs can be transplanted, including kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas, small bowel and corneas. Your tissue can also be taken after you die.

While living, mothers can choose to donate placentas after giving birth through caesarean section, and in some cases bone from the hip can be donated following a hip operation. It is also possible for people to lead a healthy life after donating a kidney.

Won’t I be added to the register automatically?

If you live in Wales, from 1st December you will be automatically added to the Organ Donor Register unless you opt out. Elsewhere in the UK you need to manually add your details to the Register.

Why do more people need to sign up to be organ donors?

Three people die in the UK every day while waiting for a transplant due to damaged or not-properly-functioning organs, while many perfectly good organs go to waste when people die.

How do I sign up to be a donor?

The easiest way is to visit: and register your details.

It’s simple and only takes around two minutes to complete.

You can also call 0300 123 23 23, or text SAVE to 62323.

Alternatively, you are given the choice to join the Register when you apply for a driving licence, register at a GP surgery, register for a European Health Insurance card (EHIC) or apply for a Boots Advantage card.

Why is it important to share my decision with my family and friends?

It’s worth explaining what you want to happen when you die to those close to you. This will make sure that your choice to donate won’t come as a surprise to those grieving in the event of your death.

Are there any restrictions to becoming a donor?

Yes, but not many. There is no age limit to become a donor although under 18s will need consent from a parent. Most existing medical conditions will not prevent you from joining the Register, as your organs will be thoroughly inspected for suitability by a medical professional. The exceptions are Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, cancer that has spread in the last 12 months and HIV (although you may still be able to donate to someone who already has HIV).

It’s quick and easy to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Visit or call 0300 123 23 23. Do share your donation decision with your family and friends.

Recipes for your dog: Chicken jerky

Incredibly easy to make – the only ingredient is chicken. This is a good substitute to expensive edible chews and great for keeping dogs busy!

Good for: Building muscle – The chicken is packed full of protein, which is good for maintaining dog’s muscles. Dogs love chewing, and it helps to keep their teeth and gums in good condition.


3 breasts of chicken.


  1. Preheat oven to 80°C / gas mark ¼.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into 1/3 cm slices, removing any fat.
  3. Place on baking tray and cook until dry and hard (2-3 hours).

Remember: Chicken should be tough when removed from the oven. Make sure chicken has cooled before giving it to your dog.

Storage: Up to 2 weeks in a sealed container

Recipes for your dog: Shiny coat cookies

This recipe is easy and can be made en masse, with up to 40 cookies from one batch.

Good for: Skin and coat. Fish oil is great for making a dog’s fur glossy and sleek – good for rescue dogs growing back fur after suffering from mange or for giving them that extra sparkle when adoption time comes round.


250g of plain flour (rice flour can be substituted if your dog has a wheat intolerance, not suitable for dogs with gluten intolerance)
85g oats
85g peanut butter
375ml water
1 tbsp of honey
1/2 tbsp of fish oil


Preheat the oven to 180 °C / gas mark 4.
Add flour, fish oil, peanut butter and honey to the oats in a large bowl.
Mix well and pour in the water. The mixture should form a ball of dough.
Flour a clean, flat surface and roll out the dough until ½ cm thick.
Cut the dough into shapes using a cutter.
Line cookies on a baking tray and bake for 35 minutes or until golden.

Remember: Before feeding to dogs, make sure the cookies have cooled.

Allergy info: Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to certain foods, including peanuts. Peanut allergies in dogs are uncommon. However, if you think your dog may have an allergy to any food, the best thing to do is speak to your vet for advice.

Recipes for your dog: Training treats

These fruit and vegetable strips are perfect for tearing up into bite-sized morsels and using as training treats for your dog.

reats can be torn into bite-sized morsels perfect for dog training.

Good for: Getting vitamins in a dog’s diet.


1 x banana
1 x large dessert apple
1 x small sweet potato
100g of grated carrot
85g rolled oats
250g whole wheat flour
1 x egg
75 ml water


Preheat oven to 180 °C// Gas Mark 4
Prick sweet potato and cook in microwave for roughly 5-10 minutes – the insides should be mushy and easy to mash. After cooling scoop out inside from skin, and place in bowl.
Peel banana and break/slice into large pieces. Place in bowl.• With potato masher, squash banana and potato. Mix together to form a paste.
Add grated apple and carrot, along with rolled oats and flour.
Gradually add in beaten egg and the water. Mix all ingredients together until they form a ball of dough.
Lightly flour a clean surface and roll the mixture out with a rolling pin until roughly 1cm thick. Be careful not to press on mixture too hard when rolling.
Slice them into desired sizes and shapes depending on the size of your dog – if used for training, treats should be bite-sized.
Place on baking tray and bake in oven for around 20 minutes until golden.

Remember: After baking, treats should be left to cool before giving to your dog

Storage instructions: store treats in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Allergy information

Before grating your apple it is important to core it as pips contain cyanide which in high doses can be lethal to dogs.
If your dog has a wheat allergy, wheat flour can be substituted with rice flour.