Coventry organ recipient competing in Westfield Health British Transplant Games - The Coventry Observer

Coventry organ recipient competing in Westfield Health British Transplant Games

Holly Clement 12th Jun, 2024   0

A COVENTRY organ recipient will be taking part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games for the 15 year running.

Hollie May Simpson, 21, from Coventry, represents the incredible spirit of the British Transplant Games.

Born with kidney failure, Hollie had a kidney transplant at Nottingham City Hospital in April 2008, when she was five years old, her father, Malcolm, donated one of his kidneys, saving her life.

Since her transplant,she has been a dedicated competitor in the British Transplant Games, participating every year since 2009.

In 2017, Hollie represented Team GB at the World Transplant Games, and she continued to compete at the European Transplant Games in 2018 and the World Games again in 2019.

This year, Hollie will compete in long jump, high jump, javelin, and archery as part of the Nottingham Adults team, returning to the city where she had her life-saving transplant – and supported by Kidney Care UK.

A student of Sports & Exercise Science at Coventry University, Hollie also dedicates her spare time to coaching athletics and swimming and serves as a Level 2 Track Official for UKA Athletics.

The Westfield Health British Transplant Games will take place in Nottingham from August 1 to 4 where it aims to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation and encourage transplant recipients to stay active.

Over 1,000 transplanted athletes will compete this year, joined by an additional 2,000 participants, including organ donors, donor families, and official supporters.

Currently, around 7,000 people in the UK, including 200 children, are waiting for an organ transplant, on average, someone dies every day due to the shortage of available donors.

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