Tineke Dixon had a heart and lung transplant in 1988 when she was just 16 years old, as she was pediatric patient at the time she was transferred to the care of Papworth Hospital after her transplant, where she has been under our care ever since. 

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of her heart and lung transplant, as well as the 20th anniversary of her kidney transplant which was donated to her by her Mother, Tineke is taking part in the Jubilee Sailing Trust trip from Auckland in New Zealand, via the Southern Ocean and around Cape Horn, ending in Stanley in the Falkland Islands. The trip lasts 46 days and will cover 5,200 nautical miles on ‘Tenacious’, the Jubilee Sailing Trust tall-ship and involves crewing the ship alongside other able-bodied and disabled sailors. The group will set sail on 11 January 2018.

Tineke explains:

It’s going to be a challenging and arduous trip – not for the faint hearted – and I can’t wait!

Tineke is aiming to raise £5200 for the DCD transplantation programme at Papworth hospital  to match the nautical miles traveled during the trip, to help Tineke with her fundraising goal please visit her Justgiving page  to donate.