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Weʼre raising £1,000 to Transplant & Live Donor Service at University Hospital Wales (UHW) Cardiff

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Probably one of the easiest decisions I've had to make.

I’m challenging myself to complete a channel distance swim (22 Miles - 1419 length of a pool) on 23rd of November 2018.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and ready my story.

Alison's kidney failed in 2010 and we prepared for home dialysis, her strength and courage in such a traumatic time in our lives gave me the courage to become a Live Donor.

After many tests it was agreed that I was fit to donate, Alison had to go through plasmapheresis (similar to dialysis to filter her blood to accept my kidney) as we weren't a direct match.

On the morning of our operation, in my very attractive hospital gown, I got on one knee and proposed, It may have been the pre-med but she said Yes!

The operations went well and I'm glad to say that Alison is healthy and we were married 2 years later.

We have regular appointments at transplant unit in UHW Cardiff, Alison every three month and they see me annually.

The Live Donor team and transplant unit at UHW Cardiff who has looked after Alison for many years are a credit to the NHS, they have my heartfelt thanks for everything that they have done for us both. I hope that this small contribution will be a way showing my thanks and raising awareness of Live donation and the positive effect it can have.

Just keep swimming ;-)

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  • Mark Craven6 months ago
    Mark Craven

    Mark Craven

    6 months ago

    Thanks everyone for their support, and the kind donations. Just in from work, get some food down me and then to hit the pool early before my fitswim class to get some extra lengths in. 🏊‍♂️

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  • 'G'


    Nov 25, 2018

    Amazing achievement mate, huge respect 😊


  • Laura Livall

    Laura Livall

    Nov 23, 2018

    Just a small contribution compared to your big effort! Well done you 😀


  • Melaney Cadwallader

    Melaney Cadwallader

    Nov 23, 2018


  • Stuart Humphries

    Stuart Humphries

    Nov 23, 2018

    Fair play, I’d struggle to do one length these days! Good luck 🏊‍♂️


  • Lucy Fisher

    Lucy Fisher

    Nov 23, 2018

    Go for it mate!x


  • Sara HarperHolton

    Sara HarperHolton

    Nov 23, 2018

    Go Mark!!! Awesome effort!! So impressive!


  • Ian Southard

    Ian Southard

    Nov 23, 2018

    Good luck boss. You can do it.


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