BKPA and The British Transplant Games
In 2014, the BKPA's level of support for the British Transplant Games in Bolton (7-10 August) reached an all time high, with over £64,000 of sponsorship.
As a Silver Sponsor of the event, the BKPA supported the whole Games weekend, as well as being a key sponsor for 13 teams from adult and children's kidney units around the UK.
Paddy Tabor, chief executive of the BKPA says, "We understand what a difference the Games make to the lives of the participants and families involved. It's not just the weekend that has such a positive impact, but all the camaraderie that comes about through the planning, training and build-up to the event.
Every year we hear about wonderful experiences that come about from taking part - with new friendships formed, support networks extended, and psychological and physical benefits coming from the challenge, fitness and sense of achievement."
The weekend is also all about raising awareness of organ donation, an issue that the BKPA supports at a national and local level. In support of organ donation, Paddy Tabor took on the challenge of the 5km Donor Run, whilst Fiona Loud, BKPA Policy Director took on the 5km Donor Walk.
"This was a wonderful Games attracting 800 competitors. All those taking part rose to the challenges of so many different sports, from swimming, to snooker, squash and athletics.
I hope next year we'll see even more competitors at the Games, as the weekend is such a positive experience for those taking part," says Paddy.
Avais Javid, aged 18, returned with silver medals in cricket and volleyball: "The most memorable part of the games was seeing the fantastic skill that the competitors have. It gives me hope for the future and shows that even when things get difficult, people have managed to attain their physical abilities to a high level."
Laura Barratt, aged 24, returned with gold medals in archery and ten-pin bowling: "It was great to be around people who had been through similar experiences and who you could talk to because you knew they'd understand. My most memorable moment was coming away with two golds and feeling like I had achieved something."
Matt Tomlin, Nottingham adults transplant games team manager, said, ''The British Transplant Games are the friendliest and most positive sporting event I have ever been involved with. Alongside the competitive side of the games there is a strong community element that shines through as all the competitors come together to celebrate the gift of life that they have received through an organ transplant. Thank you to the British Kidney Patient Association for their support which has enabled the team to attend the games this year.''
An Alder Hey team parent said, "Our team looked superb, kitted out in their uniforms and there was a real sense of being one big family which was overwhelming. This was an event not to be missed and an experience never to be forgotten. Bring on the Newcastle Transplant Games - team Alder Hey here we come!'
Team Derby, said, "We had a wonderful time at the Games in Bolton and won three gold medals and a bronze. We met the BKPA team and Dr Fluck has returned home with a BKPA bear for his office. Thank you to BKPA once again!"