Funds raised through the 5k series of races which the Paul Popham Renal Fund Wales has launched in 2018 for the second year running have helped us to sponsor young athletes in the European Transplant Games.
The Games took place at the end of June in Cagliari and we were delighted to have been able to sponsor Tracey Baker, Sam Scothern and Lewis Evans.
The Games are open for all kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bonemarrow transplant recipients and dialysis patients. This is a multi-sport event which includes volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, cycling, petanque, swimming, darts, golf, virtual triathlon, mini-marathon and athletics. Athletes are divided into age groups (18–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70+)
Our young athletes had huge successes in the games: Tracey won one gold medal three bronze medals in athletics; Sam won a silver for golf; Lewis won a gold in discus, a silver in shot and a bronze in javelin; and Keiran Heycock who also took part for the Welsh kidney patients team and has supported the charity in the past, won two gold medals, two silver and one bronze in swimming.
In addition to funding patients to participate in the European Games, in August we are also supporting a total of 15 patients in the British Transplant Games in Birmingham.