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Transplant Games: The final countdown

Athletes from across the UK will converge on Medway in just a few days - and all of them are winners before the competition as even started.

Medway Transplant Games
Medway Transplant Games

Every one of the competitors in the Westfield British Transplant Games has their own amazing story to tell. They have all received organ donations and recovered to be able to participate at this national level.

The games is being hosted in Medway a takes place from next Thursdayto teh following Sunday.

Hundreds of people will be competing in a variety of sports at the four-day event, living and breathing proof of the difference they can make.

It might not have a big budget opening ceremony or millions of pounds of funding, but for donor recipients and their families this is the chance to celebrate the second chance they have been given.

transplant games
transplant games

Events include badminton, swimming, athletics, archery, squash and snooker.

The public can join in this celebration of life after organ transplants by signing up to a donor run covering distances of 3km to 5km at the Great Lines Heritage Park in Gillingham on August 25 at 6pm.

While the Games itself is limited to organ donor recipients and their families, the donor run is open to everyone. 300 people have signed up so far.

More than 50 people in the Medway postcode area waiting for a transplant, with 152 across Kent.

A total of 184,000 people are on the Organ Donor Register in the Medway postcode area, and 556,000 in the county as a whole.

One of the local competitors will be nine-year-old George Penhaligan. He was lucky his dad Phil’s kidney was a match – others die waiting for a transplant.

www.organdonation.nhs.ukTo sign up to the donor register visit

www.q-buster.co.ukTo sign up to the donor run visit

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