A transplant retrieval team from Papworth Hospital has swapped their scrubs for trainers as they prepare to enter the 2016 Chariots of Fire race and raise vital funds for a life-saving operation.
The retrieval team is an essential part of the transplantation department at Papworth, providing a 24 hour service of expert doctors, anaesthetists and nurses who retrieve heart and lung organs from across the country for life-saving transplantation operations at the hospital.
Daniel White, Staff Nurse in the Papworth transplant retrieval team said: “For many patients suffering with severe heart failure, a heart transplant operation is their only option. Unfortunately there is a national shortage of donor hearts and many patients tragically die before a heart is found. “The Chariots of Fire event is a fantastic opportunity to support the pioneering work of the Transplant Department at Papworth Hospital.” With the support of Hewitsons Charitable Trust, the Chariots of Fire event organisers, Papworth Hospital is looking to support a new form of heart transplantation, called DCD transplantation which is increasing hearts available for transplantation by over 30%.
According to race director Charles Hewitson “Chariots provides a perfect opportunity for local organisations to get involved. I would encourage anyone thinking of taking part to register a team and show their support to Papworth Hospital Charity and the life changing work they do through raising sponsorship.” The race, in support of the Papworth DCD appeal, takes place on Sunday 18th September and starts and ends on Queens’ Green. Each runner will follow a picturesque and unique 1.7-mile route through some of Cambridge’s historic city centre and beautiful colleges, over the Cam and along the Backs, before passing on the baton to the next runner at Queens’ Green.
Team registrations close on Wednesday 14th September at 5.00pm or earlier if registrations reach 380 teams. For more information, please click here.