The news this week that the number of people donating organs has risen 50% over the past five years is very welcome news indeed. However, there are still sadly more than 10,000 still waiting for a transplant. More still needs to be done to encourage people to become organ donors. One way to do so would be to give greater recognition to those who make this sacrifice for others.
Transplants are one of our greatest medical advancements, providing the opportunity to save lives and greatly improve the quality of life for patients. Last year, I saw for myself the importance of organ transplants when the British Transplant Games were held in my constituency for the first time in its 30 year history.
I was greatly inspired by this event, which encourages transplant patients to regain their fitness and raises awareness of the importance of organ donations. In Gillingham, more than 500 participants competed, and I am certain that even more will join in when the Games return to Sheffield later this year.