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Young transplant patients are European champions

July 2018

Four young men hold a Union Jack with blue sky and trees behindTransplant Team GB won first place at the European Transplant Dialysis Sport Championships in Cagliari, Italy, in June 2018, building on another first place finish at the World Transplant Games in Malaga in 2017.


Among the champions were seven young adult patients from the Churchill Hospital's Young Adult Clinic (YAC), who impressed in various sport disciplines including badminton, cycling and archery, and between them collected 16 medals: two Gold, five Silver and nine Bronze.

Team GB won the overall award with 154 medals, topping the table of 26 European countries.

The seven patients cared for at the Churchill Hospital were:

  • Stuart Robbins, student
  • Keith Sanders, warehouse operative
  • Matthew Hirst, heating engineer
  • Robert Jackson, bartender
  • Carlton Richardson, retail assistant
  • Emily Potter, admin assistant
  • Ikhlaq Ahmed, student

Keith Sanders said: "I wouldn't have known about these games if it wasn't for the Young Adult Clinic; the clinic has helped me get back into sport and have a focus.

"I'm motivated to do my donor proud and live a long fulfilling life looking after my transplant.

"Being around other young people in a similar situation makes me more confident and realise that I am not alone."

Daley Cross, a Youth Development Worker at the Trust, said the European Transplant Dialysis Sport Championships was an "inspirational and motivational event".

He added: "To see athletes who have all benefited from the gift of life winning medals and excelling in their various sports is very special.

"To have seven young athletes from our Oxford YAC represent Team GB makes me very proud. Having helped each of them along their journey and seeing them on the podium is a truly great feeling."

The sporting achievement highlights the importance of organ donation, as all competitors have benefited from a lifesaving organ transplant.