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Wednesday, September 5, 2012
WHILE Olympians and Paralympians have been winning medals and recording personal bests this summer at London 2012, the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Transplant Games Team has also conquered the odds to record sporting success.
Twenty athletes from the Cambridge hospital returned home triumphant after winning 23 gold medals, along with 16 silver and 10 bronze, at the British Transplant Games in Kent.
All athletes had undergone life-saving organ transplants, and the event saw more than 500 inspiring athletes aged from two to 82, compete in 14 sports over four days of competition.
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games were organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK (TSUK). This year’s Games consisted of events ranging from archery to tennis and swimming to track and field.
The Games are intended to encourage people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes with their families. There are currently more than 7,500 people in need of a transplant, but only 28 per cent of the public are signed up to the Register.
Lynne Holt, from TSUK, said: “The 2012 Westfield Health British Transplant Games were a fantastic success in what has been a year of incredible sporting action. All of the athletes’ stories are truly inspirational and everyone who participated in the Games should be proud of what they have achieved.
“The Games are vitally important as they raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register and the difference becoming a donor can make.”
To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 0300 123 2323, text SAVE to 84118 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.