"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 7th August - 10th August 2014
Well, what a Games that was! Not even Hurrican Bertha could dampen spirits. Yet again, participants excelled, achieving personal bests, setting new records, making new friends, meeting up with old friends and having lots and lots of FUN. And most of all, showing Bolton, Lancashire and Great Britain why organ donation matters.
The Gala Dinner was the chance for everyone to swap trainers for dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of celebration. Congratulations to all who won awards and everyone else who cheered so loudly.
Those at the Gala Dinner were treated to a welcome from Gateshead, Newcastle 2015 - click on the video below to find out more about the British Transplant Games 2015.
Keep checking this page and the website link below for more information as it becomes available.