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Chris O'Boyle

Getting ‘locked in’ to raise awareness of kidney disease

  A finance broker who works for a Belfast car dealership locked himself in the boot of a vehicle for four hours to raise awareness of how people with kidney disease are trapped for four hours a day when they receive life-saving dialysis. Chris O’Boyle, 33, set himself the charity challenge after his son was…

Leo and Chevonne Elbourne

Newlywed ends honeymoon needing life-saving transplant

Family waved goodbye to newlyweds as they set off for a romantic honeymoon in Greece, but just weeks later, Chevonne Elbourne was critically ill in a coma in intensive care. The young married couple say their lives changed forever, when doctors discovered Chevonne had a rare disease which meant her immune system attacked her kidneys,…

Jamie Williams

Goodwood Estate sporting executive thanks medics for saving his life

A dad of two who collapsed 400 metres from the end of a marathon when his kidneys started to fail, has thanked the medics who saved his life. Jamie Williams, 39, was taking part in the Great South run for the third time and was close to finishing, when he collapsed and was taken to hospital where he was placed in an induced…


Simple steps to better health

Diet and exercise don’t have to be scary. Here’s your quick start guide to getting fit and staying healthy.   “Get fit – get healthy!” is a phrase that can make a lot of us panic, and probably let out a little groan because we’ve all heard it so many times. We know we’re supposed to…

Adie Doe

Barber runs charity marathon after donating a kidney to his sister

A barber is running competitively for the first time after being inspired to raise money for Kidney Research UK through donating a kidney for his sister. Adie Doe and his sister Lynne Adie Doe, 49, is taking part in the Cambridge Half Marathon and says: “Six months ago, I couldn’t even run a mile, now…

Paul Saker

Proving that being a kidney donor has no impact on your quality of life

Paul Saker is tackling gruelling marathon challenges to prove to others that being a kidney donor has no impact on a person’s quality of life. Paul Saker ran three half marathons in a month and is training for three tough bike rides – two at 80 miles and one at 100 miles. The 42-year-old is…

Andrew Cole, Nina Nannar, Shae Hutchinson

Football legend Andrew Cole shares insights into life post-transplant

Footballing legend Andrew Cole – an ambassador for Kidney Research UK – was the guest speaker at a fundraising dinner for the charity at Mosimann’s, one of London’s most exclusive private dining clubs last week. Andrew talked candidly about his career and the mental and physical health challenges he has faced off the pitch. Former…

Gaving and Poppy Lancaster

A milestone birthday celebration with a difference

A dad is celebrating his 40th birthday by walking a charity half marathon after medics discovered his daughter Poppy was critically ill, during routine blood tests. Gavin Lancaster is taking his first steps to finding out if he is a compatible organ donor for Poppy, two, who is on daily dialysis until she can have…

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An open letter to FGN (fibrillary-immunotactoid glomerulonephritis)

by Gareth Hughes I was sceptical when I was offered an appointment with a renal counsellor. I’d always poured a bit of scorn on mindfulness and “talking about your emotions”. Turns out that accepting that first appointment is the best thing I could have done. It has helped me realise that I’m actually carrying a…

Stewart South

A trio of family runners in the Virgin Money London Marathon

A trio of runners from King’s Lynn are taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon to celebrate the 18th and 21st anniversaries since loved ones received life-saving kidney transplant surgery. Stewart South, 72, donated a kidney to his younger son Joel in 1999 while his other son Oliver received a transplant from an anonymous…

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