04 August 2017
Success for Nottingham team at Transplant Games
Patients from Nottingham's hospitals have had their most
successful year ever at the Transplant Games.
The event took place in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, last week
and saw 17 adult patients take part in a variety of events ranging
from swimming to track and field.
The total medal count was the team's highest to date at 36 (18
Gold, 10 Silver and 8 Bronze medals) and they also won two
championship trophies for the Volleyball and the Mixed Swimming
The annual event is an inspirational occasion where organ
transplant recipients, young and old, compete in sports to
encourage fitness, celebrate life and simultaneously raise
awareness of organ donation. Sixteen of those taking part in
Nottingham's adult team have had kidney transplants, the other has
had a liver transplant.
The Transplant Games are open to all current transplant patients
with functioning transplants and also those who may once again find
themselves on the waiting list in need of another organ.
Dave Fisher of the Nottingham team, competed for the second time
this year since receiving his kidney transplant in 2015 from his
wife, Kelly. He said: "It's been an amazing games. To win
five medals is great but without a donor none of this is possible.
In my case my wife Kelly donated one of her kidneys to me, and to
win medals in front of her makes it even more special. I will be
Dave competed in the swimming, ten pin bowling, archery, shot
putt and volleyball, winning a total of 5 medals (two gold, two
silver and one bronze).
Terri Ellwood, Team Manager and Renal Young Adult Worker, said:
"I am immensely proud to lead the Nottingham Adult Team at the
transplant games. All the competitors are linked by more than the
hospital they attend; they are linked by the precious gift of a
lifesaving organ transplant. The games are an opportunity to
celebrate life and remember the donors who enabled them to live.
These competitors are evidence that organ donation works. A
transplant is not a cure, but a treatment which will enable someone
to lead as healthy and happy a life as possible. The team are
motivated, committed, and supportive of each other, not just in
sport but in life. To be their team manager is a privilege".
The team were sponsored by Tesco, Gas Training Solutions (Derby,
Castle Bedrooms (Derby), and Danielle's Flutterbyes
If you have had an organ transplant and would be interested in
finding out more information or joining the team, please contact
the team manager, Terri Ellwood at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information or to sign up to the organ donor register,