The British Transplant Games take place over a four day period every summer.  The athletes are all transplant recipients and come from around the UK to compete in a range of sporting disciplines. The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of organ transplantation, encouraging participants to regain fitness, celebrate life and have fun.  Competitors take part variety of sports ranging from football, cricket and tennis to swimming and athletics.

We are very proud that ‘Team BCH’ has been crowned “Best Children’s Team” at the Games for the past twenty one years.  Last year they broke all records and this year amassed an impressive 99 medals over the four days, which included 36 golds. Team Manager, Sara Clark said,

The Games provide our patients with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that they have overcome, and to achieve more than many of them ever thought possible.  A lot of the children who  take part have been very poorly and to see them compete, work together as a team and take such a pride in their success is wonderful for us as staff but even more so for them and their families.

Funding from our charity covers the team’s transport and accommodation costs and also pays for their very smart ‘Team BCH’ sports kit. 

One of the key aims of the Transplant Games is to raise awareness of shortage of organ donors.  By demonstrating that transplant recipients go on to lead normal healthy lives, the Games aim to encourage people to sign up to the organ donor register and talk to their loved ones about their wishes. By more people becoming organ donors, more lives may be saved and transformed.

Kristof’s story

Kristof underwent a liver transplant when he was just three-years-old. Now a healthy nine-year-old, he has taken part in five Transplant Games and won gold medals in mini tennis, badminton and table tennis.  His mum Erika said, 

We are so proud of Kristof’s achievements. The Games have become part of our summer routine and are always quite emotional - not only for us, but for all of the families who come together.

It makes you remember the difficult times but it’s also fantastic to see the children enjoying sport. This is something that’s been made possible because a donor has given us the gift of life and its lovely the annual event celebrates this.