Here at Great Ormond Street Hospital, we believe that a little competitive spirit goes a long way. In August last year, we sent two of our teams, GOSH Renal and GOSH Heart and Lungs, to The 33rd British Transplant Games in Bath. We were incredibly proud of them all when they returned to the Hospital with no fewer than 32 medals! What’s more, several of these patients will be travelling to Sweden in June 2011 to take part in the World Transplant Games.
Competitors aged from five to 18 and their families joined hospital staff and donor families for an action-packed weekend, celebrating the opportunities these children never thought they’d have. They enthusiastically took part in events such as swimming, athletics, ball throw, obstacle and even golf. Overall, the weekend was a hugely enjoyable for all those involved and there was a real sense of togetherness and celebration in the face of adversity for each young person competing.
The Transplant Games is but one example of an event that represents the potential life-changing benefits of organ donation. Not only do The Games promote fitness, fun and a return to health, but they also help to restore self-esteem and promote self-confidence. If you know a transplant family from Great Ormond Street Hospital who’d like to take part in this year’s Games in Belfast (4-7 August 2011), get in touch! You can call our team on (0)20 7405 9200 for more details.
Do you love sport? Which Olympic sport would you most like to compete in if you had the chance?