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Stewart South

Running the London Marathon at 72

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My story

[p]My name is Stewart South, from West Norfolk, and I ran my first marathon, all 26.2 miles of it, in London in 2002 when I was just a lad of 54 years of age. And the reason I ran it was to raise money for research into kidney disease. I had already donated a kidney to our son Joel in 1999 and our other son Oliver had a kidney transplant in 2002, just a few weeks after I ran that first marathon. (See photo with Joel, right, and Oliver.)[/p][p]Now, at the sprightly age of 72, I am running the London Marathon again, on 26th April for Kidney Research UK. We have been lucky over the years 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]Happily, joining me for #TEAMKIDNEY in this year's London Marathon are Oliver's girlfriend, Hayley Smith, and Joel's sister-in-law, Niki Reeves. Great to have them on board. (See photo with Hayley, centre, and Niki.)[/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 with this exciting project. 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, the London 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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Feb 9, 2020


Stay ahead of those girls Stewpot! Xx

Feb 5, 2020

nick rafferty. Becky box

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid