Leeds transplant athletes to compete in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games
19 July 2019
Leeds Teaching Hospital’s Adult and Children’s Transplant Games Teams are heading to Newport to compete in this year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games ahead of this Thursday’s Opening Ceremony.
Over 23 adult transplant recipients and 24 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 three to 83 and all have received life-saving organ transplants here in Leeds. 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 we’re really proud to be heading to the games again this year. 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, added “The British Transplant Games is such a fantastic event for children who have had transplants to get involved with. Spirits are high and many of the children make friends at the Games - 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.”
Both teams heading to the games have been supported by charities Leeds Cares and Kidney Care UK with the Children’s team receiving a new kit.
Leeds Cares’ Director of Fundraising Kevin Gerrie said “Leeds Cares is extremely proud to support the Transplant Games; it’s a fantastic event that makes a huge impact on the participants and their families. We have lots of amazing fundraisers, from local companies to community groups, who organise events in order to support the teams going to the Games. We’re really grateful to all of those supporters and am sure they’d join us in wishing Team Leeds every success in Newport this year.”
Suzan Yianni, Hospital Grants Manager at Kidney Care UK, says: “We’re delighted to be able to help support the Leeds Children’s team get to the Transplant Games 2019. This wonderful group of young transplant recipients really do show the incredible gift that organ donation is and we look forward to cheering them on in Newport. The Games are such a celebration of transplantation; inspiring and giving hope to the thousands waiting on the transplant list and it’s an honour to be part of them.”
The British Transplant Games take place from 25th – 28th 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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