Medical manufacturer B. Braun Medical Ltd has become the official medical and welfare sponsor for the biggest physical gathering of transplant patients since 2019
July will see thousands of transplant patients, live donors, supporters and guests arrive in Leeds for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games, the biggest celebration of organ donation and the gift of life that the UK has seen since 2019.
B. Braun, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services has signed up as the official medical and welfare sponsor of the British Transplant Games, providing vital support including some first aid, hygiene and disinfection products that organisers need to run the event.
The British Transplant Games is the flagship event of charity Transplant Sport and comprises over 24 sporting events which will take place in venues across Leeds during the four-day event. Following years of UK lockdowns and shielding, the transplant community is looking forward to reuniting again, with the reassurance that they can do so safely.
B. Braun’s Avitum division already has close ties to the Games. The organisation recently appointed its first ever patient advocate, to support those that are currently on dialysis at one of B. Braun’s five dialysis units across South Wales.
Shaun Ruck, 36, was born with kidney dysplasia and after two failed transplants now relies on dialysis three times a week. Shaun’s personal experience of dialysis puts him in the unique position to be able to offer support to patients that are currently undergoing treatment.
Shaun is no stranger to the British Transplant Games; he is also the team manager of the Wales transplant football team and competed at the last physical Games in Newport in 2019.
Chris Ibbotson, Head of UK Marketing and Sales Communications and Services at B. Braun said “B. Braun provides medical aid to hundreds of patients every day, and now we’re honoured to be able to support the British Transplant Games this year, an event which promotes such important messages around organ donation and the gift of life that it provides.
“It’s been a challenging couple of years for the transplant community especially, and we’re proud to help them feel comfortable enough to attend the event safely and give them the chance to reunite with friends and celebrate together.
“The work that Shaun has been doing for B. Braun Avitum has been invaluable and we’re looking forward to supporting transplant patients on a bigger scale in Leeds this summer.”
For more information on the Westfield Health British Transplant Games and how you can get involved, visit: https://www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk/