Portsmouth team win 14 medals at British Transplant Games

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A TEAM of patients have picked up 14 medals in the British Transplant Games.

The group from Portsmouth have come home from the games in Liverpool with four gold, six silver and four bronze medals.

Andrew Dibsdall, Bob Jolliffe, Tim Jenkins, Keith Cooper, Tracey Sinclair, Dave Eldridge, Richard Twose and Jeremy Clifton travelled to the games last month having had life-saving or life-changing transplants.

Andrew, 54, who led the team, said: ‘Everyone who takes part is a winner, the medals are just are a token recognition of the success of an organ transplant.

‘None of this would be possible without the dedicated support and professionalism of the medical staff that nurse organ failure patients back to meaningful healthy lifestyles.

‘The most important people are those that have made the decision to give the “Gift of Life”, without which none of this would be possible.’

The talented team, assisted by Paul Pickford, are a wide range of ages and come from all walks of life.

As well as taking part in the games, they are hoping to share their stories and encourage people to sign the organ donor registration. Visit organdonation.nhs.uk.