Papworth Hospital is the UK’s leading heart and lung hospital treating over 100,000 patients every year from across the UK. Since carrying out the UKs first successful heart transplant in 1979, Papworth has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation, the very best in patient care and some of the best surgical outcomes in the world.

Pioneering medicine and innovative surgical advances at Papworth Hospital have not only transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients but have also helped shape cardiothoracic medicine internationally. This has only been made possible through generous funding provided by Papworth Hospital Charity.

Why Papworth Hospital needs your support

In response to the worldwide shortage of donor hearts for transplantation, a research team at Papworth Hospital, supported by Papworth Hospital Charity has developed a new technique that significantly increases the number of hearts available for transplantation.

The research shows that heart transplants from a new group of potential donors – known as DCD transplantation or ‘Non-Beating Heart Transplantation’ – could save hundreds of lives internationally as the heart transplant waiting list continues to grow. This innovative technique had enabled surgeons at Papworth to utilise donor hearts which were previously considered too damaged to transplant.

This procedure is proving to be so successful at Papworth that the hospital has been able to increase the number of people receiving a heart transplant by almost 50%. To date, there is no national programme to provide funding and therefore development of DCD transplantation is reliant on funding from charitable sources.

For many people their only hope of life is a transplant; however in 2015 1,300 people died waiting for an organ. The DCD transplant programme at Papworth could increase the number of hearts available for transplantation by almost 50% but without a national programme to provide funding, Papworth Hospital is relying solely on the generosity of charitable donations.

Tom Shing, 24, was the second patient at Papworth Hospital to be a recipient of a DCD heart transplant.

“You go into hospital not knowing if you will be lucky enough to get a heart. When a match was found, it was the best feeling. I’m now back at home spending time with the ones I love and back to what I love doing the most: wakeboarding and motor-racing.”

All funds raised through Chariots of Fire 2016 will go directly towards the research and development of the DCD transplant programme at Papworth Hospital. The hospital can only continue to offer this pioneering surgery to its patients in the future by securing further charitable funds.

Papworth Hospital needs to raise £120,000 to fund further DCD transplants. By entering a team and raising £300 in sponsorship, you will be directly supporting a life-saving transplant programme which is bringing more hope to those on the waiting list.

Organ Donor Register

Transplantation would not be possible without the generous donations that individuals make by signing up to the Organ Donor Register.

You can sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register by visiting or calling 0300 123 23 23. Remember to tell those closest that you want to donate your organs.

“Our ambition is to lead rather than follow and to provide tomorrows medicine today, not todays medicine tomorrow” Professor John Wallwork CBE, Chairman

To find out more about the charity, please visit or ring 01480 364237 to speak to a member of the fundraising team.

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