NHS FORTH VALLEY has more than doubled last year’s total distance travelled for the Race for Recipients challenge.

Residents across the health board signed up for the challenge, taking on the responsibility of smashing three different targets as part of Organ and Tissue Donation Week.

The Forth Valley team chalked up a fantastic 24,659km over the week, accumulated from people walking, swimming, skating and cycling to meet the targets.

This tally is more than double the figures for Race for Recipients in 2022, with NHS Forth Valley thanking everyone who took part.

Dr Abigail Short, NHS Forth Valley’s clinical lead for organ donation and consultant in intensive care and anaesthetics, said: “It was great to see people from all areas of Forth Valley join us to help clock up the kilometres.

“There was great enthusiasm and a chance to enter into a friendly UK-wide NHS competition.

“Special mention has to go to David Ross and Peter Beatty for travelling a phenomenal 1554km between them.

“NHS Forth Valley has definitely stamped its mark on this competition and I would like to thank everyone who took part this year and helped achieve such a fantastic result which we can all be proud of.”

The targets set out during Race for Recipients asked challengers to travel 9km over the week for the nine lives that can be saved by one donor or travelling 7000km to represent the 7000 people waiting for a transplant in the UK.

To register your donation decision and find out more, call 0300 123 2323.