The Great Britain and Northern Ireland (GB&NI) Transplant team have returned from the World Transplant Games in Malaga having topped the leader table and won the Outstanding Team Award. Through our grants scheme we were able to provide some of the funding for individual competitors as well as the Team Leader, Lisa Beaumont, to attend the Games and we are so proud to see such an incredibly successful team do so amazingly well.
Lisa Beaumont, Therapeutic Play Specialist Team Manager at Leeds Children’s Hospital (and Team Leader of the GB&NI transplant team) added “The generous support of Kidney Care UK has meant the world to our team. It was an amazing and humbling experience to support so many transplant children, young people and families; the sense of achievement shown by all was clear on their faces. It does not matter what kind of transplant these children and young people have had, they all share the whole celebration of life and give thanks to their donors with pride!”
“Thank you so much for your support, I simply couldn’t have competed without your generosity and in the end I won eight medals! Six gold, one silver and one bronze!” Declan Bennett (pictured), 18, who had a kidney transplant when he was seven years old and received a grant of £1,000 from Kidney Care UK to enable him to compete in the World Transplant Games.
The team won an astonishing 360 medals in total; 166 gold, 90 silver and 104 bronze. The next Games will take place in 2019 and the team won’t have to travel far as they are taking place in Newcastle and Gateshead.
For more information visit the World Transplant Games website
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