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Teenager wins gold in British Transplant Games | News in Maidenhead | Get The Latest Maidenhead Advertiser News

11:05 Saturday 16 August 2014 Written by Katherine Denham

Stuart Robbins, 15, developed a condition called volvulus, where the intestine is twisted, when he was just 15-days-old.

For years he had to be fed intravenously and suffered various complications, including regular bouts of kidney stones, which caused him a great deal of pain.

In April 2009 – at the age of nine – he was given a small bowel transplant by Birmingham Children’s Hospital which saved his life.

Since the operation he has been well enough to compete against thousands of other former transplant patients from hospitals around the UK at the British Transplant Games, and this year he won the gold in badminton and the silver in table tennis in the 15-17 age group.

His dad, Paul, 54, said: “If Stuart hadn’t had the transplant then life would have gone downhill very rapidly because he couldn’t eat as much as he needed.

“Since the operation he has gone from strength to strength.

“He has had a few setbacks but he has overcome them and moved on.”

Mum, Joanne, and dad, Paul, travelled with Stuart from their home in Beverley Garden, Pinkneys Green, to Bolton so he could compete in the games on Sunday.

The dad-of-two said: “It’s very important to raise awareness of organ donation because there are thousands of people still on the list and three people pass away every day for not being able to receive a transplant.”

Stuart, who is studying for his GCSEs at Furze Platt Senior School and plays badminton and table tennis at SportsAble in Braywick Road, said: “It was a great experience and I feel really happy about getting the gold.

“It means a lot because a few years ago I couldn’t even take part in sport and now I can.

“I’m happy because my life is now mostly normal and I can do normal things.”

Stuart is also hoping to be selected for the World Transplant Games in Argentina where he would be the first small bowel transplant patient to compete.

A former kidney transplant patient has won a gold medal for tennis in the British Transplant Games.

Mike Grundy, 67, suffered kidney failure and had been on dialysis for five months before he was given a new kidney in 2008.

Although the transplant was carried out by surgeons from the Oxford Transplant Centre, over the years his progress has been monitored by the Royal Berkshire Hospital, which is closer to his home in Cadogan Close in Holyport.

The tutor for the Workers Educational Association (WEA) represented the Royal Berkshire Hospital in the games held on Sunday, and won the medal in the over 60s age group.

He also won the silver medal for tennis in the 2013 World Transplant Games held in South Africa.

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Tyneside is set to host next year’s British Transplant Games – The Journal

Tyneside will host next year’s British Transplant Games for those who have had life-saving organ transplant surgery and donor families.

Newcastle and Gateshead will stage the 2015 Westfield Health British Transplant Games, where hundreds of competitors will descend on the region for the fun four day event.

Competitors will take part in a range of sporting activities including swimming, golf, archery, table tennis, five-a-side football and track and field at Gateshead International Stadium and various venues across the region. A Donor Run, open to the public, will also take place along the NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It is fantastic news that the British Transplant Games will take place in NewcastleGateshead.

“The destination is renowned not just for hosting first-class sporting and cultural events, but our universities and hospitals are true pioneers in transplant surgery – so it’s extremely fitting that the games will take place at Gateshead International Stadium and other venues across the North East.

“I wish everyone taking part in such an inspirational event, the very best of luck.”

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Founded in 1978, the Transplant Games encourage patients to regain fitness, demonstrate the benefits of transplantation and promote awareness of the need for more organ donation. The world-renowned Institute of Transplantation at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital performs hundreds of transplants a year.

It is the second time that the Games will be held in the region as they were in the North East 14 years ago.

North East businessman Graham Wylie is chairing the organising committee for the 2015 Games and said “the games were last in the region in 2000 and the logistics and planning for 2015 are now well underway, we will be working together with the region and local and national businesses to make this bigger and better than ever, an event the North East can be proud of.”

Schoolgirl Rachel Hooley, 10, from Cramlington, Northumberland, has just returned from Bolton were she has taken part in this year’s British Transplant Games representing Newcastle Freeman Kids.

Rachel, who underwent a life saving heart transplant in February 2012, scooped bronze medals in the swimming relay, cup stacking and tug of war.

She said: “The British Transplant games are coming to Gateshead and Newcastle in 2015 and I can’t wait.”

The 2015 NewcastleGateshead Transplant Games are organised by MLS Contracts in partnership with the charity Transplant Sport and will be held from July 30 to August 2.

via Tyneside is set to host next year’s British Transplant Games – The Journal.

Llandudno Junction girl wins two golds at transplant games – Daily Post

Eight-year-old Ella is our pint-sized champion, returning from the games in Bolton with two gold and two silver medals

A schoolgirl has overcome liver cirrhosis and bone problems to claim two gold medals at the 2014 Transplant Games.

Ella Noon from Llandudno Junction came home first in the 50 metre run and in the long jump.

And she also picked up silver medals in the obstacle course and the ball throw.

Ella’s stunning achievement came after she had a liver transplant in 2008 when she was three-years-old to treat the disease.

As a result, she will have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of her life.

Competitors at the games compete for the hospital where they were treated.

Hadyn IballElla Noon won four medals at the 2014 Transplant Games

Ella, who turned nine on Sunday, starred for Birmingham Children’s Hospital at the event which took place in Bolton, near Manchester, at the weekend.

Her mum, Andrea, couldn’t be more proud: “She loves competing and loves to win.

“She does need physiotherapy afterwards, but apart from that she’s fine.

“It’s the first she was well enough to do.

“We tried to enter last year, and a few years ago as well, but she wasn’t well enough.

“I’m very, very proud. I’ve never been before, and seeing the opening ceremony was overwhelming, lots of tears being shed.

“When you’ve been through a transplant, they tell you about the transplant games, there were 1,600 people there this time”

“There were people from Leeds, Alder Hey, Great Ormond Street all competing against each other.”

“Ella competed for Birmingham, She got a race number and a kit, and then Birmingham won the overall event, so we had a Gala dinner on Monday night.”

The main aim of the Transplant Games is to raise awareness of organ donation and boost numbers on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

The Games have taken place annually since 1978, with around 70 teams taking part – some teams as large as 150, some as small as just two.

Overall, 600 athletes took part in Bolton, with 1,000 spectators and supporters.

There are events for children younger than five, as well as a full programme of events for adults of all ages.

Lynne Holt, trustee of Transplant Sport, said: “It demonstrates the quality of life people can have after a successful transplant, and most importantly, highlights the need for more people to discuss their wishes on organ donation with their families and sign on to the Organ Donor Register.”

The 2013 games were held in Sheffield, and saw organ donor registrations in South Yorkshire rise by more than 22,000 names.

For more information, go to www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk

via Llandudno Junction girl wins two golds at transplant games – Daily Post.

BBC News – 2014 British Transplant games begin in Bolton

7 August 2014 Last updated at 02:38 ET

More than 600 people who have had life-saving transplants have arrived in Bolton for the start of the British Transplant Games.

Competitors are taking part in sports including archery, football, tennis and athletics over four days.

The games are held in a different location every year on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport UK.

Founded in 1978, they aim to encourage patients to regain fitness and champion the value of organ donation.

An opening ceremony was held in the town’s Victoria Square from 18:30 BST, although some events had already started by then.

The schedule includes volleyball, badminton and tennis at Bolton Arena, golf at Regent Park Golf Club and cycling at the UCLan Sports Arena in Preston.

Wendy Meredith, director of public health for Bolton Council and chairman of the event’s organising committee, said: “It’s such an inspirational event and one that really can help save lives through showcasing the benefits of organ donation.

“I’d like to urge the people and businesses of Bolton to get behind the games, be it through sponsorship, volunteering or talking about organ donation with their family and friends.”

via BBC News – 2014 British Transplant games begin in Bolton.