HASSRA Development Scheme Feedback
Tim Adamson, HASSRA East of England, tells us,
“I am incredibly grateful for the financial support that the HASSRA Development Scheme and the CSiS Charity Fund gave me to support my participation as part of Team GB at the 2017 World Transplant Games.
Having had a kidney transplant in 2002, I was selected to represent Team GB for the 6th time at the 21st Games in Malaga, Spain. Each Team GB member was asked to raise £1500 (to cover participation, accommodation, flights, kit, training, support staff, etc.) so the funding that I received from HASSRA and CSiS was invaluable.
I was selected to play badminton singles, level doubles, mixed doubles, & volleyball and was really pleased with a silver medal in both the badminton singles & men’s doubles. Unfortunately, and not for the first time, in both my finals I met a former Commonwealth Games competitor from South Africa, Johan Kleingeld, who was just too good! Team GB was also presented with the ‘Outstanding Team’ Award having topped the medals table.
It was a fantastic way of celebrating the gift of a life-saving organ transplant and gives transplant athletes from all over the world the opportunity to compete against each other and raise the profile of organ donation and transplantation. Without our donors, none of us would be taking part and leading such an active lifestyle.
To find out more about organ donation in the UK: https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/
Remember, the Development Scheme is open to all our HASSRA members who meet the criteria as outlined in the HASSRA Development Scheme Booklet, so why not apply – we’d love to see your stories published in the future!