Give Our appeals Ongoing project needs Transplant Games 2018 The British Transplant Games takes place annually over a four day period, established in 1978 the event is now in its 41st year. Transplanted athletes attend from all around the UK to compete in a range of sporting disciplines and to meet other organ transplant recipients and their families. The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, celebrate life and have fun. Competitors compete in various social events and a variety of sports ranging from team sports including football, cricket and tennis to swimming and athletics. To gain most benefit from attending the Games it is essential for transplant recipients and their families to attend all four days of the event. This however, has major cost implications for families, which may in turn exclude some transplant recipients and their families from attending. It has always been the team principle to be inclusive when considering the Transplant Games Team. All BCH transplant recipients are invited to take part each year and we always have new families attending every year. The 2017 British Transplant Games saw the team from the Children’s Hospital return home with the Best Children’s Team prize for an impressive 21st year in a row. During the last weekend in July, 36 children and young people who have received transplants at BCH competed in sporting events including tennis, swimming and athletics. Between them, they managed to scoop an amazing 92 medals, along with the Best Liver Team prize and Swim Relay trophy. The team made all comers welcome, they cheered on their team mates and enjoyed catching up with old friends and making new solid friendships. These are wonderful children, families and organisers feel especially privileged to be able to spend this special time with them, seeing them together celebrating life, making special and unique friendships and having fun. Next year's British Transplant Games will take place 2nd-5th August 2018 in Birmingham. The whole team is so excited for this our ‘home’ Games and we are looking forward to seeing lots of participants there. Your support would allow us to offer every family who have undergone the trauma of transplantation the opportunity of attending the Transplant Games with its many associated benefits.