The Official Film

Monday, October 7th, 2019

The Official World Transplant Games film is now available. To preview a watermarked version, see below – if you would like to purchase the film without the watermark, you can do so here –  Over 2,100 visitors, 1,500 participants; 53 countries; 16 Sports; 13 venues. Hosted in NewcastleGateshead, the World Transplant Games 2019 was…

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WTG2019 leaves lasting impression on the North East

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Inspirational examples of human courage and physical fitness were celebrated across the North East as the World Transplant Games came to the region. Nearly 1,500 athletes from over 50 countries competed at iconic sporting venues around the North East. The cycling time trial took place around the Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides, golf at Close House,…

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Newcastle University student celebrates gift of life with success

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Student celebrates gift of life with quadruple success at World Transplant Games Newcastle University student Sam Pooley was all smiles as he proudly showed off his World Transplant Games medals. The kidney transplant recipient became a top competitor when he scooped four medals at the week-long event, beating tough competition from around the world. Sam…

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Your Stories – Dutch Team receives a special call

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

On Thursday 22 August, at the legendary Holland House in Newcastle, the Dutch team received a phone call from the Minister of Medical Care and Sports, Bruno Bruins to congratulate all the medal winners and to tell them that he is proud of all the competitors.

North East businesses rally to support World Transplant Games

Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

Over 2,300 participants and supporters are in the North East for the World Transplant Games this week. During the Games 16 events will take place at 13 venues across the region, including Gateshead International Stadium, St James’ Park and Sunderland Aquatic Centre. The Games have been made possible thanks to the support of a number…

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Transplant athletes descend upon the North East for Games

Saturday, August 17th, 2019

Thousands of transplant athletes and their supporters are arriving in the North East to compete in the World Transplant Games. Participants from 53 countries from across the world have been arriving in the North East by air, rail, road and sea as excitement builds in the region. There are large teams coming from the United…

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Memorial baton travels the country in the run-up to WTG

Friday, August 16th, 2019

A symbolic baton celebrating organ donation has travelled around the country in the lead-up to the World Transplant Games which start tomorrow in NewcastleGateshead. The Games are a celebration of a second chance of life for over 2,500 participants and shine the spotlight on the importance of organ donation in saving and enhancing lives. The…

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Your stories

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Having just travelled all the way from Queensland, Australia and following the recent tragic loss of their daughter Sara aged just 27 years old, Brendan and Debbie Gowdie are both determined participants in this year’s World Transplant Games. Sara died in July only one week before her 28th birthday and following years of illness and…

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How do you transport thousands of athletes around the North East?

Friday, August 16th, 2019

With 2,300 participants competing in 16 events at 13 venues across the North East, getting everyone to the right place for the World Transplant Games is no mean feat. The Games take place at the North East’s most iconic sporting venues; Close House Golf Club, Gateshead International Stadium, Sage Gateshead, the Northumberland Club, Sport Central,…

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Newcastle University sprinting for success at the WTG2019

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Newcastle University student Sam Pooley is about to represent Great Britain in the World Transplant Games. To look at him now, it’s hard to believe that a complication at birth meant he almost died when the umbilical cord got stuck around his neck, sending his body into total shutdown and organ failure. Sam was left…

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Company shows true grit to support World Transplant Games

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

A grit supplier has pledged its support to the World Transplant Games. Shire Aggregates will supply all the grit needed for the Petanque competition that is taking place outside the iconic Sage Gateshead. The grit supplier has a personal connection to transplantation, with employee Colin Heaney undergoing a kidney transplant three years ago. Since receiving…

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World Transplant Games 2019 – road closures

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST The following roads will be closed for the Athlete’s Parade on Saturday 17 August between approximately 4pm and 5pm. Blackett Street, for its entire length. Northumberland Street, between Blackett Street and Northumberland Road. Northumberland Road, for its entire length. John Dobson Street, at its junction with Northumberland Road. College Street, at its…

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World Transplant Games Mascot launched

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

A mascot inspired by designs from schoolchildren across the North East has been unveiled as the region prepares to host the World Transplant Games. The mascot, named Hope, is a transplant athlete dog who was created using various designs from hundreds of schoolchildren throughout the North East. Hope will be busy in the run-up to,…

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Trinity Square Gateshead supports World Transplant Games 2019

Friday, August 9th, 2019

Gateshead shopping and leisure centre Trinity Square is supporting this summer’s World Transplant Games. Starting on 17 August and running for six days the Games will see participants from 59 countries travel to the North East to compete in 15 sporting events. Competing athletes and their supporters will be staying in accommodation throughout the region….

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Memorial baton travels the country in the run-up to WTG2019

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

A symbolic baton celebrating organ donation is travelling around the country in the lead-up to the World Transplant Games which take place in NewcastleGateshead between 17 and 23 August 2019. The Games are a celebration of a second chance of life for over 2,500 participants and shine the spotlight on the importance of organ donation…

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Warm up for WTG2019 with Newcastle University

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Warm up for the World Transplant Games with Newcastle University  Families are being encouraged to take part in a fun day of interactive exercise workshops designed to test and measure the body’s strength and fitness. Sports Science experts at Newcastle University will be offering a variety of free activities on campus later this month, which…

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Your stories – Italy

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Thanks to the team from Italy for getting in touch to share their football team story: “When our multifaceted athlete Stefano Selva, football player since he was a child, read that at Newcastle’s WTG that one of the sports would be 6-a-side football, he immediately started to organize the Italian team. He succeeded very well,…

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Athletes warm-up for WTG2019 at Life Science Centre exhibition

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Athletes gearing up for the World Transplant Games have been training in an unusual way this week. With under two weeks until the World Transplant Games 2019 start in the North East, GB & NI team athletes have been warming up at Life Science Centre’s Game On 2.0 exhibition. Among the athletes were tennis player…

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How to get involved in World Transplant Games 2019

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

It’s just a few weeks until thousands of transplant athletes and their friends and family will descend on the North East for the World Transplant Games 2019. Participants from 59 countries across the world, including Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mongolia and Nepal, will take part in the Games that start on Saturday 17 August. While athletes…

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Your stories – Gillian & Lewis Watt

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Live donor, Gillian Watt shares her story with us: “On the 2nd Oct 2018 I donated my left kidney to my son Lewis just before he would have required dialysis treatment. Lewis’ kidney function was at 9% after 10 years of chronic kidney disease. Donating a kidney was a life altering experience and the reward…

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World Transplant Games 2019 Anthem Launched

Friday, July 26th, 2019

Stories of donation and transplantation have inspired an emotive new anthem for the upcoming World Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshead. Acclaimed North East-based singer-songwriter, performer and musical director Beccy Owen is behind the anthem named ‘Love Runs Through Our Veins’. The anthem uses stories of transplantation to celebrate organ donation and the second chance of life…

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Elmer Joins World Transplant Games Team

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Organ donation and transplant sport will be promoted as part of Elmer’s Great North Parade Trail this year. The World Transplant Games sponsored Elmer will be in place for the Games which are being hosted in the North East between 17 and 24 August. The World Transplant Games Elmer will be called Raphael after the…

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Over 800 volunteers sign-up for World Transplant Games

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

Over 800 volunteers have signed-up to support the World Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshed this summer and spread the word about organ donation. The volunteers – known as ‘Team 19’ – are currently undergoing training for the Games that take place between 17-24 August and will see the region welcome around 2,500 participants from 60 different…

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Transplant athletes & volunteers get makeover in the run up to WTG2019

Saturday, July 20th, 2019

North East transplant athletes have been preparing for the World Transplant Games next month with a luxury makeover. Team GB athletes Vicky Horan and Louise McLellan, and Team 19 volunteer Kaylee Davidson-Olley were treated to a full hair and make-up transformation by the Charlotte Tilbury team at Fenwick Newcastle. After the makeover they then enjoyed…

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Lookers Pledge Support to World Transplant Games 2019

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Motor retailer Lookers has been unveiled as the official vehicle sponsor for this summer’s World Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshead. Lookers is providing 11 World Transplant Games 2019 branded vehicles that will be used by World Transplant Games Federation members, as well as to assist local organisers travelling between venues and transport equipment in the run…

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Big FUNdraising Raffle winners announced

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Thanks to all those amazingly generous people who bought raffle tickets in support of World Transplant Games 2019. The winners were drawn on Saturday 6 July at the Sage 6k Summer Fete. Winners below: 1st prize: 3 Night New York City Break – thanks to Sage and Travel Bureau WINNING TICKET NUMBER: 17658 (I Watson)…

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North East steps up preparations with 6 weeks to go

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Participants from 60 countries across the world will travel to the North East for the World Transplant Games in six weeks’ time. Athletes are travelling from far and wide, with several countries taking part for the first time, including; Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mongolia and Nepal. The Games are open to all ages and promote the…

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North East schoolchildren get creative for World Transplant Games

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

A group of Newcastle primary schoolchildren have created artwork and designed mascot ideas for the World Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshead this summer. Pupils at Hilton Primary Academy in Blakelaw have taken part in a week of activities to learn more about the World Transplant Games, transplantation and organ donation. Pupils heard from Great Britain team…

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Rare disease charity shows support for Transplant Games

Monday, June 24th, 2019

A charity that supports people with the rare disease pulmonary hypertension has announced its sponsorship of two major sporting events for transplant recipients. The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA UK) is supporting this summer’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games in Newport, Wales, and the World Transplant Games in NewcastleGateshead. The charity is sponsoring darts at the…

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Jim Kerr – another casual hero 30 years after his heart transplant!

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Debbie Kerr kindly shared her father’s story with us. My father, Jim Kerr is coming up for his 30th anniversary of his heart transplant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. I saw him waiting for his transplant and  he was bad – really bad! When he was really ill  (pre-transplant) I could often find him…

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Get Set Run for World Transplant Games 2019

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Novices, club runners and children are invited to get in on the World Transplant Games action with the Gift of Life Run on 18 August at Newcastle Exhibition Park and the Town Moor. The World Transplant Games take place in NewcastleGateshead from 17-24 August and will see around 3000 participants from around 60 countries aged…

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Symposium at Newcastle University inspired by the Games

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

To coincide with the World Transplant Games in August 2019, Newcastle University will host a Transplant Symposium and a Sports Science event.  The Olympic-style games are coming to NewcastleGateshead 17 – 24 August with around 2,500 participants expected from over 60 countries. The Games demonstrate the success of transplant surgery and a second chance of…

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Kaylee Ann Davidson-Olley named ‘local hero’

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

Heart transplant recipient and World Transplant Games Team19 Volunteer Kaylee Ann Davidson-Olley was one of four local heroes to have had their names added to the Newcastle and Gateshead Quayside Walk of Fame. The heroes, nominated by people in Tyneside, had their names cast in bronze plaques which will be fixed in place permanently by…

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Award winning transplant and donor athletes meet to launch the Simplyhealth Great North 10k

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Award winning local transplant and donor athletes and local fundraiser Sarah Cookson met Councillor Angela Douglas and Councillor Linda Green alongside Transplant Specialists from the Freeman Hospital today in Gateshead telling inspiring stories of transplantation and courage; kicking off the countdown to the Simplyhealth Great North 10k Gateshead, which takes place on Sunday 7th July….

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Your Story – Ava inspires her Aunt to volunteer

Friday, April 26th, 2019

Your story Volunteer Sam Jones has been sharing the touching story of how her little niece Ava inspired her to play her part in the World Transplant Games 2019. Sam, from Gateshead, said: “When Ava was just seven, her mum and dad  noticed she was feeling lethargic and unwell, and took her to the doctor. Ava…

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Team GB the largest in the World

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

Less than 4 months to go until the World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead The largest team in the world will be representing Great Britain and NI at the World Transplant Games 17 – 24th August, 2019. The team, the largest ever, with 330 transplant athletes, including 36 juniors, 15 live donors and 400+ supporters, will be descending…

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Former track athlete discusses organ donation with World Transplant Games competitors

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

With less than five months to go to the opening of the World Transplant Games 2019 (WTG2019) in NewcastleGateshead, Steve Cram, former track and field athlete, and athletics commentator, welcomed Team GB athletes to discuss organ donation and the importance of the World Transplant Games. The ‘In Conversation’ event at intu Metrocentre on Monday 25…

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Your story – live kidney donor and Team GB athlete Tim Abercrombie

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

My daughter Charlotte was born in 1998 with many complications and has undergone many operations in her lifetime. One such complication was that she was born with only 1 kidney which was only working at 20%. Doctors said her quality of life would be poor and didn’t expect her to live long but if she…

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Businesses rally together to support World Transplant Games 2019

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Business leaders from across the North East were welcomed to a special briefing for the World Transplant Games, also known as the ‘Transplant Olympics’, which will be held in NewcastleGateshead on 17-24 August. Around 100 businesses attended the briefing which featured inspiring stories of transplantation and courage. The event proved to be a rallying call…

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Your stories – Sieb Stiemer

Monday, March 4th, 2019

We want to hear from athletes and volunteers taking part in the NewcastleGateshead Games. Thanks to Sieb for submitting his story. My name is Sieb Stiemer, and I am 11 years old and an active athlete. Athletics means everything to me and there is a special for reason for this. When I was 3 years…

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Catch up with back editions of the NewcastleGateshead Newsletter

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

If you aren’t signed up to receive the NewcastleGateshead Games newsletter, or just want to revisit earlier editions then click on the links below. 13 February 2019 18 January 2019 5 December 2018  14 November 2018 1 October 2018 17 August 2018 18 July 2018 11 June 2018  

Mother and son have their sights set on gold

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

With 6 months to go to the NewcastleGateshead Games, donors and recipients took part in 5k and 10k races in Newcastle on Sunday 17 February. Amongst the competitors in the Run Nation/Live Life Give Life event were Gill Childs and her son Ryan Dobinson. Gill donated a kidney to Ryan, then aged 15, in 2010…

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You’re never too old to donate!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Thanks to Linda Ross, one of our fabulous Team19 volunteers for sharing her story with us. “My story is a personal one. On the 28 May 2018 I lost my beloved mother, Janet Ross, due to a brain haemorrhage – this was her third – at the age of 78. I was really surprised but…

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Media Briefing

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

WTG2019 NewcastleGateshead Media Briefing Document

Guests dig deep at Gift of Life Ball

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

GUESTS DIG DEEP AT GIFT OF LIFE BALL TO RAISE £80,000 FOR WORLD TRANSPLANT GAMES 2019. The World Transplant Games 2019 kicked off their fundraising activities with the fabulous Gift of Life Ball at Hilton Hotel on Saturday 19 January, raising an incredible £80,000 towards staging the Games. Guests generously dug deep at the sparkling…

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World Transplant Games Organisers in Gift of Life Appeal

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

In August 2019, NewcastleGateshead is hosting the World Transplant Games and this Christmas there’s just one thing on the Games organisers’ list – the Gift of Life! They are asking that people give the ultimate present, the gift of life, by signing up to the organ donor register. UK residents can do this online and…

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Awareness key for Dorchester’s Jon Fox

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

John Fox says that it will be fantastic to raise awareness of organ donation after he was selected for the 2019 World Transplant Games that are set to take place in NewcastleGateshead next year. Fox has previously won a silver medal, alongside badminton doubles partner Jamie Jessup, but is please to be able to promote…

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Volunteer opportunities available now!

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Call out for volunteers to support World Transplant Games 2019. Next summer’s World Transplant Games will see 3000 visitors from across the globe, including transplant athletes, their supporters, living donors and donor families, taking part in a week of sporting events in top venues across NewcastleGateshead and the North East. To make these inspirational Games…

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Celebrating Life After Transplantation

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

135 Mile Coast to Coast Cycle Ride, celebrating life after transplantation. Seven members from the Anaplan UK Sales team have cycled 135 miles from Whitehaven to Sunderland for Transplant Sport UK because they want to promote awareness for Organ Donation. They also wish to raise money for the GB Transplant Cycling Team who have started preparing for…

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Local businesses tee off in support of the Games.

Friday, October 5th, 2018

Local businesses and event supporters from across the North East rallied round to support the fundraising efforts for the World Transplant Games 2019. The Golf Day on Wednesday 3 October saw 18 teams from 14 businesses tee off on the Lee Westwood Filly Course at Close House Golf Resort, the venue for the golf tournament…

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North East success at British Transplant games with one year to World Transplant Games 2019

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Today (17 August) marks one year until the start of the World Transplant Games 2019 (WTG2019) in NewcastleGateshead, as North East athletes return triumphant from the British Games. A number of North East athletes were successful at the recent British Transplant Games in Birmingham, with members of the Newcastle Adults Transplant Team coming away with…

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World Transplant Games 2019 Fundraising Golf Day

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Help us to support the Games by joining us for the World Transplant Games Fundraising Golf Day on 3 October at The Lee Westwood Filly Course at Close House Golf Resort. The schedule for the day is: 8am hearty breakfast, 9am tee off, 1pm light lunch and prizes. The day will be based on a…

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Businesses urged to support organ donation as World Transplant Games heads to NewcastleGateshead

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

Great Britain Olympic Cycling coach and transplant athlete Justin Grace was among the speakers as businesses across the region were encouraged to support the World Transplant Games 2019 (WTG 2019) at a briefing event at Close House Golf Club. Around 100 business leaders from the region gathered at Close House, the venue for the WTG…

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International delegation visits North East England as preparations step up for the World Transplant Games 2019

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Representatives from the World Transplant Games Federation visited the North East last week as preparations continue for the Games which will be hosted in NewcastleGateshead in 2019. Delegates from the Federation’s executive team and wider staff, including President Chris Thomas (Australia) and Executive Manager Kim Renyard (South Africa), met with members of the Local Organising…

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GB transplant athletes return with the Overall Best Team Trophy from the European Transplant Sport Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Over 50 inspirational transplant athletes who have overcome serious illness have returned triumphant from Cagliari, Sardinia with a haul of medals, 165 in total which includes 67 Gold, 43 Silver and 55 Bronze. All these athletes represent Team Great Britain (GB) supported by the charity, Transplant Sport The Championship is open to all organ and…

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Countdown for North East Transplant Athletes

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Great Britain transplant athletes fly the Union Jack flag at the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championship in Cagliari, Sardinia, June 17th-24th North East athletes who had their transplants at Newcastle upon Tyne’s Freeman Hospital, are preparing to fly out to Cagliari, Sardinia, with fellow Team GB members, to compete in the European Transplant and…

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World Transplant Games showcased at House of Lords event

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Businesses in the UK are being urged to support the World Transplant Games as NewcastleGateshead prepares to host the global event next year. A briefing was held at the House of Lords yesterday (Thursday 7 June) to update businesses and stakeholders about the Games and the vital role they play in increasing awareness of organ…

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Transplant Volleyball Tournament set to be a Smash Hit

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

Transplant athletes from across the UK are preparing to compete in the annual Transplant Sport Volleyball tournament which will be held on Saturday 11th November at University of Warwick in Coventry. All of the competitors taking part have had a life saving organ transplant, with recipients including kidney, pancreas, heart, liver, lung and bone marrow…

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World Transplant Games delegation in the North East as preparations continue for 2019

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

An international delegation is visiting the North East this week to review preparations for the World Transplant Games which will be hosted in the region in 2019. Delegates from the World Transplant Games Federation, including President Chris Thomas (Australia), Executive Manager Kim Renyard (South Africa) and Colin White (Ireland), met with members of the Local…

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Kaylee's medal photo in Durban 2013. Kaylee Davidson-Olley is the first successful and longest surviving baby transplant in Europe.

Kaylee’s Walk for Life marks 30th Anniversary of the Freeman Hospital’s Paediatric Heart and Lung Transplant Programme

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Kaylee Davidson-Olley, the first successful and longest surviving baby transplant in Europe, is leading her Walk for Life, on Saturday 14 October 2017, exactly 30 years since her heart transplant as a 5 month old baby. Kaylee will be accompanied by other transplant and heart children, her surgeon, Christopher McGregor, hospital staff, friends and families. Kayee’s…

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Team GB at World Transplant Games Malaga 2017

World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019 announce first major sponsor

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

  World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019 announce first major sponsor Westfield Health sign-up as the first major sponsor for the 22nd World Transplant Games NewcastleGateshead 2019, continuing a decade of support for transplant sport. Leading health and wellbeing specialist, Westfield Health, has signed up to sponsor the 22nd World Transplant Games when they are staged…

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