Michael Fabricant has written to Minister of Sport, Kate Hoey, backing up a local couple when Mrs Abbie Collins from Whittington near Lichfield wrote to Michael saying:
"My husband, Pete, received a new heart eight years ago and is now the British Transplant Shot Put record holder and current World gold medallist…… Watching the Paralympic Games, I felt very sorry that Pete competes in an area which is not recognised by British Sport. He has also expressed his disappointment that he cannot compete in the more challenging and widely recognised arena of the Paralympic Games…….. The general public will never be eager to carry organ donor cards if they are unaware of the quality of life a transplant gives its recipient".
Michael Fabricant says "The courage of Pete Collins who has undergone a heart transplant should not go unrecognised. There has been a major organ shortage since the events at Alder Hey have become known. Pete Collins demonstrates how an organ transplant can transform someone’s life for the better if only sufficient organs are available. I hope that the Minister of Sport will now take steps to enable Pete to compete in the Paralympic Games not only to promote transplantation medicine, but also Britain in an international event".