Top team put in a hearty performance

A WOMAN from Kimbolton joined 16 other heart transplant patients from across the country to become part of a top performing team at the British Transplant Games. Maggie Gambrill, 52, of Constable Leys, who had her heart transplant in October 2002, was par

A WOMAN from Kimbolton joined 16 other heart transplant patients from across the country to become part of a top performing team at the British Transplant Games.

Maggie Gambrill, 52, of Constable Leys, who had her heart transplant in October 2002, was part of the Papworth Hospital Team which took part in the games in Bath.

Not only did the team win 38 medals, but it also scooped the Tesco Challenge Cup for the best overall heart and lung team.

The trophy will be displayed in Papworth Hospital's transplant continuing care unit where it can be seen by all transplant patients attending out-patient appointments.

Maggie did her part for the team by winning four medals - a gold in badminton doubles, silver in tennis, silver in 400m track and bronze in table tennis.

The four-day event also saw the teams compete in a wide range of other sports - from track events to tennis, fishing, cycling, swimming and canoeing on the River Avon.

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Team member Ashley Hudson, 24, who lives in Whittlesey and works as a trainee manager for Waitrose in St Ives, said: "I just had a brilliant time. The team spirit was tremendous with everybody encouraging each other. I feel so lucky to be given a chance to live my life to the full and be able to take part in events such as this."

A spokesman for Papworth Hospital said: "Whilst recognising each individual's different sporting achievements it is remembered by all the participants that none of this would have been possible without the generous gift of life from the donors and their families."

INFORMATION: To find out more about organ donation call the NHS Organ Donor Line on 0845 6060400 or visit www.uktransplant.org.uk

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