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Christine Renshaw

Sky Diving and a 10K run

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My story

[p]Hello and thank you for visiting my page. [/p][p]Some of you may recall my previous fund raising for Kidneys for Life in 2017, when, two and a half years after donating a kidney to our son James, I ran my first ever 10k in the Great Manchester Run. On that occasion, your kind donations, including Gift Aid, contributed some £2,400 to this wonderful charity.[/p][p]In May this year, I am going to ‘celebrate’ my 70th birthday by not only running the Great Manchester 10K on the 19th May but also by jumping out of an aeroplane on the 11th May in my first tandem Skydive! [/p][p] [b][i]Update 1: Skydive from 15,000 ft done on 11th May see new photos below - Fantastic - only the 10k run now on Sunday!![/i][/b][/p][p][b][i]Update 2: What an amazing day running with thousands of people in the Great Manchester 10K. It was inspiring to participate and I finished in 16927 place in a time of 1 hour 25 minutes and 26 seconds!! Marvellous support from the Kidneys for Life Team. James completed the run for the third time since his transplant - awesome - and ran it in 1 hour 18 minutes and 22 seconds. [/i][/b][/p][p]Through this I hope to raise money again for Kidneys for Life, in what will probably be my last fund raising effort,[/p][p][b][i]Our story[/i][/b][/p][p]A little reminder as to how my desire to support Kidneys for Life began:-[/p][p]James, our youngest child and only son, was diagnosed with incurable IgA Nephropathy in 2004 and his kidney performance deteriorated, slowly at first and then more quickly but it was hoped that dialysis could be avoided by a transplant. In 2013 it was decided that we should prepare for a transplant and three of us, my husband and James’ father, George, our younger daughter Helen and myself had blood tests which confirmed that we were all suitable to go forward for the more detailed tests for compatibility. Only one person could go forward and I was determined to be the ‘one’ to give James his life back. [/p][p]A series of more detailed tests followed over several months and finally it was confirmed that I was a suitable donor for James. Unfortunately James' kidney function deteriorated rapidly and he did have to start dialysis (peritoneal) around 4 months prior to his transplant. However, despite the challenges of dialysis James continued to work until a week before the transplant operation on 7th October, 2014.[/p][p]Over the years prior to the transplant, James had to endure many stays in hospitals from Oxford to Watford to Hammersmith to Salford to Warrington. He suffered debilitating bouts of nausea, fatigue and pain and had to endure biopsies, innumerable blood tests, needles, drips etc etc. This is the nature of kidney failure and there are many children and adults having to go through what James did for many years. However, after the operation, he was feeling better within hours and was back working within 6 months. In the four and a half years since the operation he has only been in hospital twice. The operation really gave him and his family their life back. [/p][p][b][i]What am I going to do?[/i][/b][/p][p]I hope that I am proof that for anyone having donated a kidney it is possible to lead a normal life. The Great Manchester 10K in 2017 was the first time I had ever run that far (at the age of 68 and with just one kidney!) The 2019 Manchester 10K in May, two days after my 70th birthday, will be my 4th and maybe last run at this distance, but I intend to continue Park Runs. [/p][p]However, this year in addition to the Great Manchester Run, I am going to participate in another FIRST for me - a Tandem Skydive. As opposed to the run which will take me anything up to 90 minutes travelling at about 4 miles per hour, this will only take one or two minutes! Jumping out of the aeroplane at 10,000 feet, I am told that during the first 5000 feet freefall, I might be travelling at 120 mph (192 kph). Exciting .......or scary? As this activity will take place 6 days before my 70th birthday, I have to admit that I will be only 69 when I jump but I may feel 109 or better still 39?[/p][p][b][i]What can you do to help?[/i][/b][/p][p]It would be great if we could do even better with donations this year than we did in 2017 so hopefully this additional ‘scary’ effort will inspire you to support this fantastic charity and help me achieve my target of £2,500.[/p][p][b][i]What will your donations do?[/i][/b][/p][p]The transplant team at Manchester Royal Infirmary led by Mr Afshin Tavakoli, and the pre and post -operation Renal Teams at MRI and Salford Royal continue to be fantastic. There is ongoing support and monitoring for both James and me, which really makes us feel part of the Renal Family [/p][p]With one my kidneys, they gave James and all our family a better life and it would be great if someone reading this might consider putting themselves forward as a Live Kidney Donor to enable the renal teams to improve the lives of another individual and their family. There are over 6000 people suffering in the UK awaiting a transplant and on average 3 of the people on the waiting list die every week - we were lucky.[/p][p]The money raised will enable the Renal Team to give their patients a better life and may also help them find a cure for IgA Nephropathy and many other kidney diseases.[/p][p][b][i]Thank you[/i][/b][/p][p]Thank you for reading our story and with your help we can contribute in a small way towards another person and their family getting their lives back.[/p][p] [/p][p] [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

11 May 2019


Jun 4, 2019

Rob Brown

Well done Christine. What's next? Win months on the International Space Station?


May 29, 2019

Paul Curtis

Well done, a great cause. Keep at it.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

May 28, 2019

Morag and family

We’re so very impressed Christine!! What an amazing achievement and for such a worthy cause. Whatever next....?! Xx

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019


Well done again Mum. You may have recently completed 2 amazing feats, however, I think the real glory here should go to whoever sponsors you £4.80 to get you to the £2,500 plus Gift Aid level. Very proud of you x

£4.80 plus £1.20 Gift Aid

May 24, 2019

Mike and Liz

Well done Christine, what a star you are. Many congratulations. Mike and LIz Savva x


May 24, 2019

Lesley and Roger Freer

Well done, that dive looked amazing. See you at ground level soon. Best wishes

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May 22, 2019


£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 22, 2019

John Wilcox

Hi Christine. All my bery best wishes, and good luck in your adventures love John Wilcox

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

May 21, 2019

Angela and Eric

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

May 21, 2019

Hazel and Ian

With our love and well done on 2 amazing achievements xx

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid