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'It brought a tear to my eye' - Former soldier awaiting transplant at Royal Papworth gets visit from regiment

A former soldier who's waiting for a heart transplant in Royal Papworth Hospital got a visit from his mates yesterday.

Members of Two Nine Commando Regiment of the Royal Artillery drove all the way from Plymouth to Cambridge to offer Phil Hardwell some moral support.

He is no longer able to serve after he was diagnosed with ARVC - a condition that makes the wall of the heart harden.

So the regiment decided they would drive the 270 miles to come to see him.

Thos who couldn't make it in person sent recorded video messages.

Phil and his wife, Roxy, hope seeing the visit - which was posted on social media by the hospital - will encourage more people to consider signing up to the organ donor register.