Transplant GAMES 2014
The British Transplant Games in Bolton from 7th -10th August brought plenty of success for liver recipients from Northern Ireland.
Lucia Quinney-Mee’s swimming medals contributed significantly to Birmingham Children’s Hospital winning the children’s team trophy
The Belfast Team won the adult team trophy with the help of Catherine Annesley, Seamus Cunningham, Wendy Howe and Sharon Millen.
Philip Cairnduff represented King’s College Hospital and chipped in with 3 medals towards their fine total of 45. While all competed keenly, they contributed to the event in far more important ways than simply by winning medals. Talking to other transplant recipients, donor families, charity representatives and medical professionals gave a sense of perspective on their own experience of illness and sometimes bumpy recovery. And by competing at all, they and hundreds of others from under 5’s to over 70’s showed the people of Bolton, as well as T.V. and radio audiences nationwide, the amazing way in which transplants transform lives.
Most years see the numbers on the Organ Donor Register where the games take place increase dramatically. Let’s hope for the biggest increase yet amongst the people of Bolton and Greater Manchester.