Kidney patient has his eye on gold again at Transplant Games

CONTENDER Matthew Nolan is fundraising to get to the Transplant Games. From left, Mark Fryer, Debbie Dean, Simon Langdale, Wendy Grant, Clive Atton with Matthew ' pictured below with his medals from last year ' at the front

CONTENDER Matthew Nolan is fundraising to get to the Transplant Games. From left, Mark Fryer, Debbie Dean, Simon Langdale, Wendy Grant, Clive Atton with Matthew ' pictured below with his medals from last year ' at the front

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TRANSPLANT patient Matthew Nolan received a boost in his bid to compete in this year’s Transplant Games when his family raised hundreds of pounds at a pub quiz.

After going for gold at last year’s Westfield Health British Transplant Games, the family of 11-year-old Matthew raised more than £550 to help him take part in the annual sporting event for a second year.

Sonja Nolan, Matthew’s mother, was thrilled with the night.

She said: ‘It went amazingly, the turnout was much more than we ever expected.’

Around 70 people packed out the Sir Joseph Paxton pub in Titchfield Common last week to show their support for the Southampton hospital children’s kidney transplant team, nicknamed the ‘Organators’.

The team of eight children, all treated at Southampton General Hospital, are hoping to shine again at the games, taking place this year at Gateshead, Newcastle from July 30 until August 2.

However the team needs to raise £12,000 to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, food and sports kit.

As well as raffle prizes donated by businesses, two tickets for a Most Haunted live tour were auctioned on the night for £15 along with a signed Portsmouth FC football which sold for £25.

Mrs Nolan said: ‘We’re still a long way off but this was a great start and other families are fundraising as well.

‘It’s also about spreading awareness of organ donors.’

Matthew, from Fareham, was born with chronic renal failure and he had a kidney transplant 18 months ago, but despite this, he won two gold medals at last year’s transplant games in Bolton.

He said he was excited about the games which include swimming, track and field events.

Matthew said: ‘I like helping raise money so we can go back to the games again.’

Mrs Nolan added: ‘Most of the children taking part were unable to do anything or very little physical activity so being able to do something like this after they’ve had a transplant is what the games are all about it. It’s a great cause.’

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