Leatherhead FC manager talks transplants, not tactics, for NHS organ donation campaign

GET SURREY | Fergus MacEwan

Footballer turned pundit Jimmy Bullard faced his toughest interview yet - with an 11-year-old kidney transplant patient

Leatherhead FC manager Jimmy Bullard fields big health questions from kidney transplant patient Matthew Pietrzyk, 11 (Photo: NHS Blood and Transplant)
The manager of Leatherhead Football Club has appeared in the latest NHScampaign promoting organ donation.

Former footballer turned pundit Jimmy Bullard is used to tackling tricky questions around the game.

But he had the tables turned on him when a youngster who has undergone a kidney transplant grilled him not just on football, but on a real matter of life and death.

Known as the funnyman of football, the 38-year-old former West Ham United player showed his serious side when he was quizzed by 11-year-old Matthew Pietrzyk from Leicester.

The interview was part of NHS Blood and Transplant’s Sign for Life campaign, encouraging people to join the NHS organ donor register and ask their family and friends to do so.

Matthew, who had a kidney transplant in 2016 after eight years on a waiting list, has also interviewed footballers Rickie Lambert, Matt Smith and Marc Richards. Continue reading
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