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£2,450raised of £1,500 target by 88 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,450 to Support the work of the Renal Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

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    Portsmouth, UK
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    Funded on Saturday, 18th November 2017

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    For those that know me, I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s true, I am running 10 miles in the Great South Run in October to raise money for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Renal Unit. Don’t worry too much, I’m training the best I can with the support and motivation of Portsmouth Joggers who are a brilliant group.

    Following a live donor kidney transplant in September 2015 I want to do something to raise funding and awareness to support the fantastic work of the Renal Unit of Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. Without the fantastic monitoring and management of my condition for over 20 years, subsequent transplant and post surgery care I would not even be able to think about running for a bus, let alone doing something like the Great South Run.

    I had a kidney removed in 1996 due to kidney cancer and have received regular monitoring by the QA Renal Unit for the following nearly 20 years. By April 2015 it was decided that we needed to now plan for a transplant or dialysis would soon have to start as my remaining kidney was rapidly failing. My wife Jackie, my sister Jane, and our eldest son Jack generously put their names forward and following positive tests for all 3, my wife was totally insistent that she would be the one to donate a kidney to me.

    Without my transplant I cannot think of how life would now be. Many people manage enormously well with dialysis, but I am also aware that for many dialysis can mean they are unable to work, to socialise, or to really make the most of life, which is why I would encourage anyone who is thinking of being a kidney donor to go ahead and register. It is a hugely generous and selfless thing to do and can make an enormous difference to the lives of others.

    All funds raised through this activity will be donated to the QA Hospital Renal Unit to support further research and facilities for people who need to take advantage of the wonderful work that the unit delivers.

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    • Mark Hamson4 months ago
      Mark Hamson

      Mark Hamson

      4 months ago

      Well I did it!!! Thank you so much to everyone who contributed financially, emotionally, and physically. Fundraising is at a magnificent approx £2,250 and donations are still coming in, you're all brilliant. I'll provide final updates re presentation of the funds in the next few days. Jackie has her Great South Run medal. After all, she did far more to earn it than I did. xxxxx PS Next Step Gosport Half - MAYBE!!! PPS. I have purchased the rights to the photo, far be it from me to breach copyright.

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    • Mark Hamson4 months ago
      Mark Hamson

      Mark Hamson

      4 months ago

      I'm trying to use the say thanks link on JustGiving to say thank you to many people, including today, Chris Cristian, Tony May, Mr Graetz, my mates Jim Christie and Mick, but the link is not working. I will therefore use this update to thank everyone who has generously donated and to say that we have passed the £1500 mark. With a further £500 pledged from my employer I am chuffed to say that we are now over £2000. It just remains for me to get round a 10 mile course on Sunday. I won't let you down!

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    • Mark Hamson4 months ago
      Mark Hamson

      Mark Hamson

      4 months ago

      Thank you Mr Graetz for your kind donation. The pleasure was all mine :-).

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    88

    • Gavin Holland

      Gavin Holland

      Nov 10, 2017

      Amazon job Mark, for a great cause tooNewable

      £500.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 9, 2017

      Mark,congratulations, from the WM, Officers and Members of 7753.

    • John Burrell

      John Burrell

      Nov 9, 2017

      Mark, star of radio and TV, a tremendous effort. It just shows what guts and determination can achieve. Sharon & John

      £50.00

    • Andy Cragg

      Andy Cragg

      Oct 24, 2017

      Thank you very much Craggers

      £20.00

    • S Mills

      S Mills

      Oct 24, 2017

      Well done Mark, amazing achievement.

      £30.00

    • Gemma Ellis

      Gemma Ellis

      Oct 24, 2017

      Well done Mark & Jackie! You are both an inspiration. From your favourite in the office, Gemma :)

      £15.00

    • Richard Selby

      Richard Selby

      Oct 23, 2017

      Well done mate, a very impressive thing to commit to, train for and undertake!

      £10.00

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    Mark Hamson

    Mark Hamson

    Portsmouth, UK

    For those that know me, I know it sounds unbelievable, but it’s true, I am running 10 miles in the Great South Run in October to raise money for the Queen Alexandra Hospital Renal Unit. Don’t worry too much, I’m training the best I can.

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