Transplant Challenge Round The Island Race 2019
Brighton Marina berth holder Jacquie Dowding and her crew of 5, all transplant recipients and a surgeon took on the 2019 Round The Island Race (RTIR) on 29th June 2019. The team set sail with the goal of enjoying and completing the race, whilst also showing what is possible for transplant recipients to achieve and raising awareness for organ donation.
The team showed an excellent team spirit throughout the race, taking on challenging conditions to complete the course with the weather prompting the first spinnaker start to the RTIR in just under 10 years. This race is so popular due to it being a ‘race for all’ as illustrated by Jacquie and her crew who were competing against young and old sailors as well as world class and professional sailors.
Jacquie and her crew were raising awareness for The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust which carries out operations in hospital for patients across the UK; the Trust is currently celebrating 50 years of carrying out organ transplants.
Right now across the UK, there are 6,000 people in need of an organ transplant, including around 150 children and teenagers. On average three people die every day due to a lack of organ donors. To sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk and please remember to tell your family that you have decided to donate and save lives, and you can ask them whether they want to be donors too. #YesIDonate