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Abbie Bird

London Marathon 2020

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My story

[p]I am incredibly proud to be running the London Marathon on 26th April 2020 for Kidney Research UK, in memory of my beautiful dad.[/p][p]Kidney Research UK relies mostly on fundraising to raise awareness and carry out research into kidney disease, treatments and patient care. You can find more info on their website – [url=http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org]www.kidneyresearchuk.org[/url]. [/p][p]To keep it short, kidney disease is when your kidneys stop doing their job, i.e. they stop filtering out unwanted waste and fluid in your body. End-stage kidney disease (kidney failure) is where your kidneys have lost all function. The only treatment is dialysis or a transplant, neither of which are cures. There are two types of dialysis: haemodialysis, which is delivered through approx. three 4-hour treatments per week, or peritoneal dialysis, which is delivered overnight or at multiple times during the day.[/p][p]Dad was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease when he was 50 and was lucky to receive a kidney transplant, which he had for 20 years, before he went into kidney failure for a second time. He wasn't well enough to have another transplant so went onto peritoneal dialysis again. For dad, this meant he was attached to a machine for 10 hours per night every night at home, something he did without complaint. [/p][p]I've never done a race before (what am I thinking?!), never run more than 2.5k on a treadmill before I did my first run outdoors in May 2019. I’m slowly increasing my distance and pace, looking like a shiny beetroot and running happy. The fact that I'm running for this incredible cause is all the motivation I need. I'm starting my training plan Monday 23rd December, tracking my running journey on social media and have a few fundraising events lined up. [/p][p]So, this one's for you dad and all you kickass people living with kidney disease or supporting a loved one through it. Anything you can donate, whether it's £1 or £10, gets me closer to my target. Thank you so much to everyone who donates and supports, it means the world. [/p][p]Much love,[/p][p]Abbie xx[/p]
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Mar 24, 2020

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Mar 13, 2020


£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Mar 12, 2020

Becky T

Good luck Abbie!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Mar 8, 2020


Good luck Abbie! Xx

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Mar 6, 2020

Clare and John Cassidy


Mar 6, 2020

Fundraising from Firebird Joanne


Feb 26, 2020

The most athletic CCC Area Surveyor

Good luck Abbi, if you need any advice on training just let me know :)

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Feb 25, 2020

The Best CCC Area Surveyor

Good luck Abbie, all the best :)

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Feb 24, 2020

Paul Jac Barrett


Feb 9, 2020

The Firebird Singers

Well done Abbie, we are very proud of you xxx