Can you help Ellen get to Transplant Games to represent Team GB?
PUBLISHED: 09:43 13 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:43 13 October 2016
A Locking teenager, who had a life-saving kidney transplant back in 2012, is hoping to go for gold at the World Transplant Games - but needs crucial funds to do it.
Ellen Russ, aged 18, has been chosen to represent Team GB in swimming at the games in Malaga in 2017.
She experienced kidney failure at just five years old which meant a transplant was her only hope of survival. Since her operation, Ellen has experienced a host of success in the pool, taking home one gold medal and four silvers at last year’s British Transplant Games.
The games are held to raise awareness of the benefits of organ donation and Ellen’s mum, Debbie Chalk, is hoping her daughter can do just that on the international stage.
She told the Mercury: “This wonderful opportunity will allow Ellen to compete against inspirational transplant athletes from around the world and raise awareness of the wonderful gift of life that is organ donation.
“We would really appreciate support to help with the costs of getting Ellen to Malaga. Any help would be much appreciated.”
Ellen now studies at Plymouth University after earning a swimming scholarship to attend.
To donate to Ellen’s fund, visit the just giving page here.