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Stewart South

Running ''London'' Marathon at 72

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]I am Stewart South from West Norfolk and I ran my first Marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, in London in 2002 when I was 54 years of age. And the reason I ran it was to raise money for research into kidney disease. I donated a kidney to our son Joel in 1999 who, after 21 years, now needs another transplant as the one I donated has now packed up. Our other son Oliver had a kidney transplant in 2002, just a few weeks after I ran that first Marathon. (See photo of me with Joel, right, and Oliver.)[/p][p]Now, as a sprightly 72-year-old, I have now run the "London" Marathon again for Kidney Research UK. As the official 2020 London Marathon was cancelled because of coronavirus I ran my own personal full distance Virtual London Marathon on 4th October in West Norfolk. I did it in the wind and heavy rain in 4hrs 43min 52sec. Check my time on the London Marathon website; my running number was 10819. Thanks to Oli & Joel who cycled alongside me and my wife Ali who provided drinks, energy gels and jelly babies en route. Until very recently we have been lucky with the health of our two lads, both now in their 40s. But we are always anxious about their health and welfare and, indeed, the other 3 million people in the UK suffering with kidney disease. [/p][p]There is still no cure for kidney disease and in the last year 5000 people were on the kidney transplant waiting list. Many people wait years for a kidney transplant and last year 260 people on the transplant list died waiting.[/p][p]Joining me for #TEAMKIDNEY in this year's "London" Marathon were Oliver's girlfriend, Hayley Smith, and Joel's wife, Carly, and his sister-in-law, Niki Reeves. They walked 26.2 miles. Great to have them on board. [/p][p]There is some encouraging news. Kidney Research UK is funding research into regenerative medicine which basically means that kidney patients could, hopefully, have their own cells used to repair their own damaged kidneys. I am hoping to raise as much money as possible in Marathon sponsorship to help Kidney Research UK continue their excellent work. What a huge benefit it would be if patients could have their own diseased kidneys repaired, thus avoiding dialysis and waiting anxiously for a transplant.[/p][p]Yes, a Marathon is a long way for an old un, but it will be worth it if I can raise money to help change people’s lives for the better. Your generosity will be so much appreciated. Please support me.[/p][p]All contributions will be most welcome and very much appreciated. [/p][p]Thank you so much.[/p][p]Stewart South[/p][p][br][/p]
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Supporters

Oct 31, 2020

Amanda Bellamy

Well done Stewart fantastic achievement

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Oct 19, 2020

Joel

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 17, 2020

Rick Morrish

I was out for a run the other day Stewart - and remembered i had forgotten to sponsor you. Sorry! Well done for completing it again.

£25.00 plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Oct 13, 2020

Carol and Nick

£25.00

Oct 11, 2020

Marnie and Ed

Another fantastic achievement for a great cause, we’ll done.

£10.00

Oct 10, 2020

Marie Lloyd

Wishing you all the very best. With love Paul Margaret and Marie Ely x

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2020

Dan Pratt

Congratulations Stew fantastic achievement. Must have been tough with the weather conditions, running without fellow runners pulling you along and having to spend over 4 hours with Oli and Joel!.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Oct 10, 2020

Nicci Ellis

Oct 10, 2020

F Bligh

Oct 8, 2020

Ian Black

Once again, congratulations.

£26.00 plus £6.50 Gift Aid