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

20th July 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 an afternoon tea, with Charlotte Tilbury continuing its support for the Games that take place in the North East between 17-24 August.

All the athletes have inspirational transplant stories – Vicky Horan has had three kidney transplants and is a cancer survivor who will compete in the volleyball and basketball; Louise McLellan is a heart transplantee who has run several half marathons and is part of the team GB swimming team; and Kaylee Davidson-Olley is Britain’s longest surviving heart transplant patient having received a new heart at the Freeman Hospital aged just five months old, she is now a transplant ambassador and will be one of more than 800 volunteers supporting the Games this summer.

Louise McLellan said: “I can’t thank the Charlotte Tilbury team enough for their welcome and support of the World Transplant Games 2019. I’ve been training hard the past few months and have been in the pool five times a week, meaning nice hair and such treats have been non-existent.

“I am swimming with an amazing GB swimming team who all have inspirational stories around organ donation and I feel very privileged to be joining them. None of this would have been possible without my hero donor and his amazingly brave family.”

Vicky Horan added: “Having the makeover was an absolute treat. Between work, training and playing volleyball for my local club I don’t have a lot of time for pampering.

“Being part of the GB & NI team is such an honour and competing in this year’s World Transplant Games in NewcastleGatehshead makes it extra special. Being able to show the positive impact that organ donation has and how thankful we are to our donor families on a world scale is very important. Without our donors none of this would be possible.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to Charlotte Tilbury for supporting the World Transplant Games 2019 and making me feel so special.”

Joining the Great British athletes at the Games will be participants from 60 countries across the world, including those taking place for the first time such as Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mongolia and Nepal. Thirteen venues across the region, including Gateshead International Stadium, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Close House Golf Resort and Sport Central, will play host to 15 sporting events during the Games.

Charlotte Tilbury is also supporting the World Transplant Games Afternoon Tea with a Twist on Friday 19 July at the Hilton Hotel NewcastleGateshead alongside, among others, Fenwick Newcastle who are supplying three luxury hampers for the event.

Victoria Anderson from Charlotte Tilbury said: “We were delighted to host the ladies for a fantastic day of treats on behalf of Charlotte Tilbury and Fenwick Newcastle. Charlotte believes if you give a woman the right makeup she can conquer the world. She believes that every woman wants to feel beautiful, powerful and sexy and that makeup is a great way to achieve this.

“Charlotte’s desire to create transformational change has led to the ultimate empowering collaboration to inspire and change lives, working with the charity Women for Women International.

“When we first heard about the incredible work the World Transplant Games have been involved with, we immediately wanted to help raise awareness. We are doing this the only way we know how; by empowering the women whose lives have been directly affected through transplant and sharing Charlotte’s makeup magic across the North East.”

From Spring 2020 the law around organ donation in England is changing. Unless you choose to opt out, or are in an excluded group, if you are 18 and above and live in England it will be considered that you agreed to be an organ donor when you die. Whatever your decision, make your choice clear to your family and closest friends to help ensure your choice is honoured. NHS Blood and Transplant’s #PassItOn campaign encourages people to pass on their organs and save lives; make their decision and pass it on those closest to them; spread the word and help us pass on the campaign message to others.