Transplant Sport is run by 3 part time employees and a team of volunteers without whom, the events and activities we run throughout the year could not be undertaken.
Chair of Trustees & Management Board, Young Adults Co-ordinator
Since 2003 in Oxford, he has built up a cutting edge young adult transplant service and regards Transplant Sport events as key opportunities to foster invaluable peer support and regain individual self esteem. He was delighted to become a Trustee of TS in 2011 and provide ongoing medical support to Team Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European and World Transplant Games.
David has 2 children, Rebecca and Stuart. In November 1996 his daughter Rebecca who was working in Connecticut USA as an Au Pair was involved in a serious road traffic collision. She died at the scene but was able to donate her eyes, heart valves, bone, skin and tissue improving the quality of life for 74 people.
Following Rebecca’s tragic death David and his wife Jane decided in 1997 to form a local support group to support other families in similar situations. In 2003 the growth in membership across the UK meant the group needed to register as a charity. This became the Donor Family Network (DFN) with David as the Chairman.
As he had links with Transplant Co-ordinators in Birmingham, when the British Transplant Games came to Birmingham in 1999 he and Jane were asked to attend. In 2000 the Games were held in Newcastle and the Donor Bus which was owned by Bill Essex a former Transplant co-ordinator who used the bus to take kidney patients on holiday, was ‘sold’ to DFN for £1. For many years the bus travelled around the country for 2 weeks prior to the Transplant games signing people up to the organ donor register.
In 2005 David was awarded the MBE for services to charity both abroad and in this country.
All members of Transplant Sport are invited to join the Hospital Team where they had their transplant or have their follow up appointments. We are so grateful to our Team Managers and their Assistants for their roles in supporting Transplant Sport members, organising local activities and of course managing the teams at the British Transplant Games.