The British Transplant games allows the children and their families to receive support and encouragement from other families who have been through the unique journey of kidney transplantation whilst promoting sport and healthy living in a fun environment. For some of our families this is their only chance for a holiday and dedicated family time.
To enable this to take place we endeavour to help fund the accommodation for the children and one parent/carer, we ask that they self-fund for siblings and other adults. We also aim to pay for the event fees to participate in the games activities.
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Why it's a great idea:
The physical health benefits of sports and health promotion, along with the emotional support and sense of achievement can be seen. It is recognised that 1/3 of all children who start kidney replacement therapy have at least one other significant problem. They have restricted growth. All of these are due to the effects of the underlying illness, medication, and lifestyle that children on dialysis and post-transplant have. Pre-transplantation they are unable to attend schooling regularly, struggle to join in extracurricular activities, and are limited in energy to play with their friends. Sport is recognised as improving weight management, improving heart function and therefore reducing the risk factors for heart disease that these children have. Finding ways to improve their quality of life and long term survival are vital. Encouraging healthy lifestyles and the positive effects of sport are one key message we can share through Team Great Bristol at the transplant games.
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