A BUXTON woman who battled her way back to health after undergoing a life-saving kidney transplant has won five medals at the British Transplant Games.
Jacqui Redfern won gold in the shot putt and javelin, silver in the 100 metres and bronze in the 200 metres and 100 metre relay at the at the national event, held in Medway, Kent.
Jacqui underwent a successful kidney transplant eight years ago after suffering health problems from the age of 20. Her donor was an 11-year-old boy.
She hopes her success at the British Transplant Games will inspire more people to join the national Organ Donor Register.
“It was very humbling to be around all of the other transplantees, especially the children, and the donor families,” said Jacqui, 39, of Harpur Hill.
She was enthusiastically supported by her husband Mark – who ran the 3km mini marathon alongside Jacqui – daughter Niya and parents John and Shirley.
“It was fantastic to have my family there cheering me on,” added Jacqui. “They have always been very supportive.”
Jacqui competed as a member of the Manchester Transplant Team at the Games, which this year saw more than 500 inspiring athletes aged from two to 82 compete in 14 sports.
She now has her sights set on next year’s event in Sheffield.
The British Transplant Games are intended to encourage more people to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register and discuss their wishes with their families.
Lynne Holt, from Transplant Sport UK, said: “The 2012 Westfield Health British Transplant Games were a fantastic success in what has been a year of incredible sporting action.
“All of the athletes’ stories are truly inspirational and everyone who participated in the Games should be proud of what they have achieved.”
She added: “The Games are vitally important as they raise awareness of the NHS Organ Donor Register and the difference becoming a donor can make.”
l To join the NHS Organ Donor Register, call 03001 232323, text SAVE to 84118 or visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk.