Georgina strikes gold
Georgina Haynes says winning a surprise tenpin bowling gold medal was the highlight of her trip to the British Transplant Games in Scotland.
The veterinary student from Ashford also won bronze in the 3k walk, a year after being confined to a hospital bed.
Georgina was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in January two years ago and was told she would need a lifesaving stem-cell transplant from an unrelated donor.
The Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity located one and Georgina said: “Without it I would not be here.”
“Before my diagnosis I kept fairly fit but since my transplant, I’ve struggled to find the motivation to get back in the gym and taking part in the British Transplant Games seemed like opportunity.
“Winning a gold medal in tenpin was my absolute highlight.
“It was completely unexpected but it was an amazing achievement a brilliant considering that just over a year ago I was in hospital, unable to walk and feel my legs.”
She added: “Having experienced an extraordinary event like the British Transplant Games, it is impossible to imagine how many lives would have been lost without organ or stem cell donation.
“By signing up to the Anthony Nolan register you are essentially raising your hand to say ‘Yes, I’m prepared to save a stranger’s life. I’m prepared to be a hero’.
The 14-strong charity team returned from North Lanarkshire, with their best ever medal haul.
The games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, while increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the Anthony Nolan stem cell register and the NHS Organ Donation Register. Georgina Haynes – won a tenpin bowling gold medal at the British Transplant Games
‘It was completely unexpected but it was an amazing achievement’