Dedicated fundraisers honours during National Transplant Week - The Solihull Observer

Dedicated fundraisers honours during National Transplant Week

Solihull Editorial 5th Jul, 2024   0

DEDICATED fundraisers who help support transplant patients and raise awareness of organ donation were celebrated during National Transplant Week.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity shone a spotlight on those who go the extra mile between July 1 and 7.

These include Sarbjit Johal who celebrated the 10th anniversary of his kidney transplant last year and to mark the occasion he donated an incredible £15,862 to the Renal Department at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which has funded a state-of-the-art dialysis machine.

Sarbjit is incredibly grateful for the care he has received from the hospital staff over the years as they’ve supported him through various medical problems.

And transplant patient, Mandy Ambert, who underwent a life-saving liver transplant at the QE last April.

During her recovery last summer, she attended the British Transplant Games where she met other transplant recipients which gave her the idea to set up The Mulligans Golf Society.

The group is for transplant donors and recipients and aims to raise awareness of organ donation and offer support to patients going through their treatment and recovery – Mulligans is a golfing term for second chance.

Mandy said: “You cannot prepare for what you’re involved with post-transplant, the emotional side of things is incredibly hard. We all know about organ donation, but we don’t necessarily want to talk about it. It’s important to let your family know your wishes.”

The hospital charity is currently fundraising for The Edmonds Transplant Centre, with support from A Edmonds and Co Ltd.

The Centre is being built at the Hospital and will become a national centre of excellence for organ transplantation and will create a ‘one stop shop’ for patients throughout their treatment journey and recovery.

The Centre is said to bring all the specialist care to patients, including pre-transplant consultations, additional fitness classes before surgery, patient support groups, and rehabilitation classes after surgery.

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