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Organ Donation Concert Supported by Aled Jones

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TRANSPLANT SPORT UK is delighted to announce details of "Donate Life" – an amazing evening of music and song at a concert to be held at City Hall, Sheffield on Saturday 13 July. Headlining the event will be Aled Jones who will be singing two sets to an anticipated audience of 2,200 people.

In addition, transplant recipients and the families of organ donors will be performing together on stage at the event. Donate Life is taking place on the penultimate day of this year’s National Transplant Week, an NHS Blood and Transplant led annual campaign to encourage more people in the UK to say yes to organ donation.

The event will be the first of its kind, bringing together key organisations such as Transplant Sport, the Donor Family Network, African Caribbean Leukemia Trust (ACLT), Live Life Then Give Life, the British Heart Foundation (BHF), the National Kidney Federation, the Kidney Patients Association, the British Transplant Society, the Transplant Support Network and NHS Blood and Transplant to raise awareness about organ donation.

Transplant Sport is a charity that aims to raise awareness of the need for organ donation in the UK and worldwide and show thanks to and remember donors and their families.

Andy Eddy, Chairperson at Transplant Sport UK and transplant recipient said:
"Through organising sports and social events for transplant recipients we can show the benefits of organ donation and prove that you can lead a normal and active life again after transplantation.

"The concert will host a 200 strong Transplant Choir made up of both adults and children who have either had a life saving transplant, are on the waiting list for a transplant or are members of a donor family. There will be other choirs and acts from the transplant community and they will each sing a set of popular and traditional songs in a spine tingling performance."

Professor James Neuberger, Associate Medical Director for Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant and Hon Consultant Physician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham is formally opening the concert. He said:
"I'm delighted to be opening Transplant Sport UK’s Donate Life concert. Anything we can do to further promote organ donation in the UK is a good thing. Three people are still dying every day that are in need of an organ transplant.

"I've met many people who are involved in this event and they are an inspiration. To be able to see individuals who have had a life saving transplant, some of whom are my own patients, celebrate life in this way is wonderful. Their tireless campaigning to convince more people to support organ donation so that others can get the transplant they need is amazing."

Transplant Sport is appealing for anyone who would like to take part in the event and is either in a choir or would like to join a choir to contact them at 0115 837 0878 or email a.eddy@transplantsport.org.uk

Tickets for the event start at £10 and are available from Sheffield City Hall via their website at http://www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Donate-Life-with-Special-Guest-Aled-Jones or call the box office on 0114 2 789 789.

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