04 August 2017

Success for Nottingham team at Transplant Games

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 Relay.

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 forever grateful".

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 charity. 

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 terri.ellwood@nuh.nhs.uk for more information or to sign up to the organ donor register, visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk


NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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