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LTHT heads to the British Transplant Games

Thursday 27th July 2017

The Leeds Adult and Children Transplant Games Teams are setting off from Leeds Teaching Hospitals to compete in this year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games in North Lanarkshire.

23 adult transplant recipients and 39 children from LTHT will be competing in a range of disciplines, from cycling to swimming and snooker to bean bag throwing. Their ages range from 3 to 79 and all have received life-saving organ transplants here in Leeds. Three-year-old Jack Morris-Piney, pictured with his dad Jack who was his live liver donor, is the youngest competitor going to this year's Games. The athletes will be cheered on by a dedicated team of supporters who will also be travelling to the event.

Anokh Goodman, Young Persons Key Worker and manager of the Leeds Adult Transplant Games team, said: “The interest in Transplant Sport has grown hugely over the last few years, and this is the biggest team that we have ever taken to a Games. LTHT is a specialist centre for transplant so we have members of our team from all over the country who have chosen to compete for us as the hospital that cared for them during this time.”

Lisa Beaumont, Play Specialist and manager of the Leeds Children’s Transplant Games team, said: “The British Transplant Games is such a fantastic event for children who have had transplants to get involved with. Some of our children had a great success at the World Transplant Games a few weeks ago so spirits are high.

Many of the children make friends at the Games and it’s great to see how they support each other and how these friendships develop over the years. For us it’s not about winning medals but taking part and celebrating life to the full. The children are such wonderful examples of the power of organ donation.”

The British Transplant Games take place from 27-30th July. The Games encourage those who have received a transplant to lead active and healthy lives, while also showing the benefits of transplantation and raising awareness of the need to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register. In the UK, over 7,000 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant and three die each day waiting.

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To register on the NHS Organ Donor Register, please telephone 0300 123 23 23, or go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk to register online. Most importantly, please discuss your wishes with your family and friends – thank you.

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