Patients go for gold at the British Transplant Games

Tyrese Leslie Transplant Games 2


A team of Great Ormond Street Hospital patients got into the spirit of the Commonwealth Games last week, representing the hospital at the 2014 British Transplant Games in Bolton.

Team GOSH competed against athletes from other UK hospitals in sports including track and field, tennis, football, swimming, table tennis, badminton and even and obstacle course and team tug-of-war at the Games, which took place from 7-10 August.

All the athletes in the team have had heart, lung or kidney transplants at Great Ormond Street Hospital. While they took home lots of gold, silver and bronze medals, the greatest achievement was taking part.

Janet Holmes, who managed the Hearts & Lungs team, said: "We're incredibly proud of our whole team. The British Transplant Games show the vital importance of organ donation and celebrate the wonderful achievements of our patients."

Suzanne Collin, who led the Renal team with Suzanne Bradley, said: "The Games are equally about friendships being renewed and made amidst the host of sporting activities that our competitors actively embarked upon as they supported each other in achieving their goals and aspirations for the games."

"Each and every member of our team is a hero and we are so proud of them all."

Organ transplant is often the best and sometimes only treatment available for children who suffer disease or failure of a major organ. However, there are always many more people waiting for an organ transplant than there are suitable donors so there is a continuing need to encourage individuals to sign up to the Organ Donor Register. For more information visit organdonation.nhs.uk

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity raises vital funds to help rebuild and refurbish the hospital, buy vital equipment, fund pioneering research and provide support services for families, including supporting patients to take part in the British Transplant Games.