Wednesday mornings for Sara Clarke would usually be spent dishing out specialist dietary advice to patients. This week, however, Sara – who is a Senior Specialist Dietician from Birmingham Children’s Hospital - took to the streets of London to carry the Paralympic Torch.
Sara who has worked at BCH for 20 years was nominated by Stuart Reynolds who is Chief Executive of BCH Charities - for her tireless work with the hospital’s transplant team.
Nine years ago, Sara got involved with the Transplant games and soon became manager of the BCH team. This team is a group of children and young people who have had an organ transplant at BCH. As the team manager, Sara is responsible for the recruitment of competitors, organisation of the team entry, funding, accommodation and transport as well being a point of contact for over 30 patients and their families who attend.
Sara, who specialises in dietary advice for liver and intestinal patients at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, said: “Carrying the Torch was the most amazing experience! The half mile run was brilliant and the time holding the flame was fantastic. It was made all the more special after the most wonderful British Transplant Games the weekend before.”
Sara, from Henley-in-Arden, carried her Torch through Barnett and was watched proudly by husband Oliver, five year old son Joseph and 2 year old daughter Elizabeth.
Stuart Reynolds said: "I picked up a leaflet in my local Sainsbury's asking for nominations for someone who had inspired people to push the boundaries of what is achievable. I immediately thought of Sara and everything she does to inspire Birmingham Children's Hospital's transplant patients to compete in and achieve great results at the annual British Transplant Games. She carries out the role in her own time and in addition to a demanding day job at the Hospital and I am pleased that her contribution has been recognised by the honour of carrying the Paralympic Torch."
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive service to children, young people and their families.
We are one of the leading paediatric teaching centres in the country, with international research and development in areas such as:
- Childhood cancer studies
- Liver disease
- Infection, inflammation and immunity
- Molecular genetics of childhood conditions (how these are passed on, and how they cause disease in the body in terms of chemistry)
- Nutrition, growth and metabolism in childhood
- Drug use in children
- Relapsed and refractory acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
- Infant neuroblastoma
- Infant brain tumours
Our facilities include:
- A 22 bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
- A centre of excellence for children with cancer, cardiac, liver and renal disease
- A national transplant centre
- 280 inpatient and day-case beds including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- 38 specialties and supporting departments
- An Emergency Department dealing with over 45,000 patients a year
- Twelve theatres
- Three MRI scanners
- A CT Scanner
- An endoscopy suite
- A catheter laboratory with digital imaging facility
- Burn, Neonatal Surgery and Education Centre
- Wellcome Clinical Research Facility
- Renal Unit
- Teenage Cancer Trust Unit
- Ronald McDonald House (parent and family accommodation).