Transplant patient puts best foot forward to raise £5,000 for Kidney Research
A kidney transplant patient has raised thousands for charity by participating in an annual fundraising walk that aims to raise awareness about kidney disease.
Ron Collyer from Croydon, has raised almost £5,000 for Kidney Research UK since 2011, by taking part in the charity’s annual London Bridges Walk.
The 68-year-old found out he had kidney disease when he was in his thirties but it did not affect his general health until the end of 2011.
By then his kidneys had almost stopped working, and he needed a kidney transplant.
Luckily his daughter Polly, 43, was willing and able to donate her kidney. She told her dad: "You gave me the gift of life, so now I want to do the same for you."
His experience has led to Mr Collyer, supporting Kidney Research UK and he has taken part in the charity’s fundraising walk in 2011 and 2013. The seven mile sponsored walk takes participants across some of London’s most famous bridges.
Ron Collyer, with friends Joe Trudgill and Alan Short after the walk
Mr Collyer said: "The London Bridges Walk was a fun way to raise money for Kidney Research UK. There’s no time limit - some friends walked with me and we stopped for a few beers on the way round.
"People need to realise kidney disease can be completely silent. When I found out I had it, I was coaching semi-professional football so I was physically fit, and I had no physical symptoms.
"It was only because of a chance urine test that I found out I was ill."
More than 6,000 people are waiting for kidney transplants, but less than 3,000 operations are carried out each year.
Linda Rogers, Events Manager at Kidney Research UK, described Mr Collyer as "an inspiration" to the thousands of people in the UK affected by kidney problems.
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