Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
In the 1980s I was unlucky enough to have kidney failure, and in 1987 I was lucky enough to have a kidney transplant. 30 years later that kidney's still going strong, and I've enjoyed a normal healthy life the entire time - chiefly because the donated kidney was such a good match. So in September/October 2017 my wife Jacqui and I will spend a fortnight walking the 177 miles of Offa’s Dyke, aiming to encourage as many more people as possible to join the organ donor register – the more of you there are, the higher the chance of a great match for someone now on the waiting list.
Why Offa’s Dyke? In Wales there is a ‘presumed consent’ system for organ donation, but in England people have to ‘opt in’. Offa's Dyke marks the boundary: walking it draws attention to the need for more donors.
So if you haven't already ‘opted in’ please take two minutes to sign up at https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/. If you’re already registered, great: please encourage colleagues/friends/family to sign up too. This can transform someone’s life; my family and I are so grateful to the donor who gifted me the last 30 years.
If in addition to (or instead of) signing up to the organ donor register you'd like to support the excellent work of the Bristol Area Kidney PatientsAssociation then please donate via this JustGiving page. My target is £1565: that's £1 for each week of the 30 years' healthy life that I've enjoyed because of the donor whose kidney I received on 14 March 1987. That target has already been reached, so thank you to those who've already donated - let's now aim even higher...