David Thirkettle


Evelina London Children's Hospital
Evelina London Children's Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS foundation trust, is the UK’s leading hospital for paediatric heart services as well as a specialist in kidney transplants and dialysis, cleft lip surgery, metabolic conditions, allergy and neurology. We raise money so we can fund life-saving equipment, life-changing research and provide the little comforts that make hospital less scary for our youngest and most anxious patients.
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David Thirkettle

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The Thirkettle Journey

Some of you will know our story and some of you will not. Our two children Gemma & Luke were born with 'Infantile Polycystic Kidneys', a genetic disease that eventually stops kidney function, resulting in requiring a kidney transplant. Gemma's kidneys gave up 4 years ago and after 5 months of tests we found out the great news that my kidney was an excellent match and I was able to donate it to Gemma in a very successful transplant. As a father, the decision to donate an organ to make your child’s life normal and active again is the easiest decision in the world - Although it didn’t quite dawn on me that it was really going to happen until the trolley arrived to take me to theatre! It was equally strange for Michele & Luke because at first myself, and then Gemma, were taken to theatre and so you have two loved ones in operating theatres whilst all you can do it sit and wait to see them again. Needless to say, it was a very long and emotional day!

The care we received at Guys Hospital was unbelievable as well as the amount of incredible staff involved in the transplant - From the first meeting with our kidney transplant co-ordinator, to meeting the surgeons, to the porters taking us to theatre, to the aftercare we both still receive to this day and everyone inbetween! They have all made the journey as smooth as possible, so much so that within a few months of receiving her new kidney Gemma was able to go back to her 'Exploring the World' ways and as we write this she is still exploring and is now in Nicaragua!

It’s for all these reasons that I have decided to give a little back for all the care we received and so have entered the Prudential Ride London a 100 mile bike ride around London & Surrey.

We would be grateful, if you are able to make a donation to support me raising money for the Evelina Children’s Hospital transplant department in what is going to be a tough, painful (lots of Vaseline already on order!), but satisfying bike ride.

Our story has not ended yet as Luke’s kidneys will decide to bail out in the next few years and Michele will be his donor. This time it will be myself and Gemma's turn to help wheel them down to theatre.. But knowing that we have this amazing team ready to help up again makes it all that little bit easier!

Thank you all for reading,

David (And the rest of the Thirkettle clan!) xx

Recent donors

01.08.17 Well done mate, it's not much further than that from yours to ours so we look forward to your visit.

30.07.17 Well done David

30.07.17 Well done matey proud of you Fantastic cause !! XX

30.07.17 Wonderful cause for the best family on the planet xxx

30.07.17 Top job and no doubt at all you'll nail it!

29.07.17 Good luck for tomorrow, you'll smash it xx

29.07.17 Hope the weather stays kind and you're not too saddle sore!!

29.07.17 Good luck Uncle David. I'm sure you'll find a chilled beer at the finish line! David karen

28.07.17 You rock uncle david!

28.07.17 Pedal pedal pedal, great cause, great guy go mate go where routing for you.

27.07.17 Good luck lovely neighbour!


26.07.17 Good luck

26.07.17 Good luck - love you loads Carole, Bob and Mum xx

25.07.17 Best of luck David!

25.07.17 Good luck to my awesome unc! You are an inspiration to us all in so many ways. Love you so much. Jo and Josh xxx

25.07.17 Have a great ride, and well done for raising money for a cause so important to your whole family.

25.07.17 Good Luck xx

24.07.17 Good Luck Mate Enjoy your Day

24.07.17 Great effort for an awesome cause!


11.07.17 A worthy cause and I just wish, nearly, I could do it with you

10.07.17 The very best of luck, it was a real pleasure to do the 50 miler with you recently and I now know exactly how tough 100 will be. Marcia left some money for me to donate to charity and I know she'd very much approve of the cause! Very proud of you! xxx

08.07.17 Good luck David, we are behind you all the way. Love Jackie and Tim xx

07.07.17 Good for you David, an amazing hospital close to our hearts too. Enjoy the ride xx


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