"It really helps to mix with people who have been through the same or very similar experiences.
To finally be around kids who have been through the same things, I think has done her the world of good, more than she realises."
Jo Wishick, Mother of and donor to Ella aged 16
(Ella's brother, Oliver, also received a kidney from their father)
The British Transplant Games are organised on behalf of Transplant Sport. The Games were inaugurated in 1978 in Portsmouth by Maurice Slapak, who at the time was a Consultant Transplant Surgeon. About 100 participants took part in the first Games in a one day event.
Over the past 35 years the Games have grown to a four day annual event with over 600 transplant recipients aged from 2 - 70+ taking part in over 20 different sports with over 1000 supporters watching on.
Some members come to win medals, training for their specialist events, hoping to be selected for Team GB & NI competing at the World Transplant Games. Most come to meet new friends, catch up with old friends, enjoy new sports at their own pace and relaxing for a few days with others who've also faced debilitating illness but are now fit and well as a result of a successful transplant.
Thursday 30th July - 2nd August 2015
Wow - didn't the North East show us a fantastic time?
We were blown away by the hospitality of the region and the fantastic facilities the venues had to offer. The results will be appearing on the British Transplant Games website shortly and the photos will be uploaed to Flickr - just as soon as we catch our breath.
We were delighted Pudsey could join us this year, he enjoyed meeting all the children.
The winner of the Donate Life Diamond Bracelet was Lee Sampson from Manchester Team.
A full report of the Games will be appearing in the annual TS Review magazine, so watch out for your copy at the end of the year (please let Jo in the office know your current email address as it will be in digital format this year.
British Transplant Games...
Thursday 28th July - 31st July 2016
Put the date in your diary and get ready for the next BTG to be in Liverpool. Registration will open for the event in February 2016