The competitors from Cornwall are:
Tracy Carroll from Helston (Kidney transplantee) who will be competing in the swimming events,
Mandy Moses (Liver transplantee) from Penryn who will be in the swimming events,
Tamsyn Allen (Liver Transplantee) from Camborne who will be doing the Donor Run.
Track and field, swimming, cycling, darts, walking and snooker are just some of the 23 sports and events on offer at venues across the Welsh city.
Plymouth’s team manager John Wollington explains:
“The Transplant Games are the focal point for all the competing athletes and this year we also have the added bonus of the bi-annual World Transplant Games taking place in Newcastle. This is no ordinary sporting event as the competitors have all undergone life-saving transplants. The aim of the Games is to promote the importance of Organ Donation and encourage families to have the donation conversation and to show people that you can still lead a healthy and active lifestyle after a transplant. Competitors are aged from as young as three to well into their eighties. This year we have both Kidney and Liver transplantees taking part along with a live donor.
The team would like to thank University Hospitals Renal Department and Liver Unit and Royal Cornwall Hospital for their sponsorship.
The team also features
Stuart House (Kidney transplantee) originally from Millbrook but now living in Bristol who will also be competing in the swimming events. Stuart also completed the full Ironman in Bolton on 14th July 2019
Tom Hobbins (Liver transplantee) from Plymouth who will be competing in the golf tournament,
Serena Tucker (Live Donor) from Totnes who will be also in the swimming events,
Title sponsor Westfield Health, a leading not-for-profit health insurer, has been involved in the Games for more than a decade.
Graham Moore, Chairman of Westfield Health, added: “The British Transplant Games is an incredibly inspiring event and it means a lot to see so many people celebrating the gift of life. A huge part of what makes the Games so special is the dramatic impact it has on the health and wellbeing of participants and what it means to them to be able to take part.
“We’ve been supporting the Games for 11 years now and are always overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and commitment that it receives. We are very proud to contribute to something so significant and raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.”
Chair of Transplant Sport, Dr Paul Harden said:
“We look forward to welcoming teams from hospitals right across the UK to Newport. The Games are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the benefits of organ donation and to pay tribute to their donors. In the last year, over 1400 people in the UK donated after they died saving or transforming the lives of more than 3500 people.”
Right now, there are over 6,000 people waiting for an organ transplant across the UK. On average three people die every day in need of an organ transplant because there just aren’t enough organ donors.
The event is supported by Westfield Health, Welsh Government, Newport City Council, Newport Live, the local health boards across Wales, NHS Blood and Transplant, Kidney Care UK, Anthony Nolan Register, Kidney Research, Donor Family Network, Believe Organ Donor Support and Global Kidney Foundation. Local supporters include Celtic Manor, Rodney Parade, Friars Walk and Icon Creative.
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