Thanks to generous funding from the KPA, twenty young kidney patients from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Evelina London Children’s Hospital attended the British Transplant Games held in Bolton last month. They successfully competed in sports including running, swimming, squash, and archery and came home with 28 medals.
Transplant nurse, Grainne Walsh, play specialist Cathy Gill and dispensary manager Pat Hayes, accompanied the group – known as the ‘Evelina VIPs’.
Grainne said: “These children have been through a difficult time so the games are a celebration of their lives. They also get to spend time with other children who’ve been through the same thing and make friends for life. I’m very proud of them all.”
This year was Cathy’s 22nd Games with the children:”We’re so proud of them all. It’s quite a feat to come back with 28 medals. When our youngest patient Beau, aged just two, won a bronze medal, there was barely a dry eye in the house!”
Sonia Moorhouse, KPA Chair attended The Games and the KPA also provided funding for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ adult transplant games team.