Sixteen young transplant patients treated in Nottingham will be taking part in the British Transplant Games, which kick off next month.
The Nottingham Children’s team has members ranging in age from five to 17 who will be raising money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity. The Charity has given more than £4,000 towards accommodation and other expenses for families taking part in the games.
As a specialist kidney transplant centre, Nottingham takes youngsters from across the Midlands – as far south as Cambridge and to Yorkshire in the north.
The British Transplant Games take place from 28 – 31 July 2016 in Liverpool – attracting hundreds of inspirational transplant recipients and their supporters.
Owen Brindley, 16, from Bilborough, is taking part in the games for the first time this year, competing in archery, bowling and the 5k race at the games.
Owen’s mum Michelle donated a kidney to him 11 years ago and it has been his ambition to take part in the games ever since.
Owen’s dad Paul says “I’m very proud of him. He’s wanted to take part in the games for many years but has always been too poorly. He is nervous but really looking forward to it.
“I’m also nervous for Owen because he has low muscle tone and has not able to eat solid food – he is fed by pipe – but I am impressed by his determination to take part. He always tries his best and he is raising lots of sponsorship money for Nottingham Hospitals Charity.”
Paediatric Transplant Clinical Nurse Specialist Kim Helm says: “The Games are a wonderful celebration of the resilience of children who have undergone transplants and the life-changing benefits of organ donation. I’m very proud of our young team, half of whom are new to competing, and we’re especially grateful to Nottingham Hospitals Charity for helping to fund the costs of children taking part.”
One of the key aims of the games is to raise awareness of organ donation and boost numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register as well as encouraging transport patients to regain fitness and celebrate donor families and the gift of life.