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The people below are supporting the NKF by taking part in, or organising, activities and events. Please help them to support us by giving generously and encouraging them.

Three Men in a Car raise funds for NKF

photo of the rally team and their carRowley Edwards, Jolyon Grant-Dalton, and Ed Barry (pictured right somewhere in Western Mongolia) took part in the Mongol Rally to raise funds for NKF. So far they have raised over £1,500 with more to come. They finished the course, having many adventures on the way, although the car suffered a lot on the harsh Mongolian roads.

Well done, all of you. Excellent work!

Sponsored walk at Skegness raises Funds for NKF

photo of the walkersThank you to everyone who braved the wind and rain to take part in a sponsored walk along the seafront at Skegness, so far the Wilmot family have raised just under £1000.

Stephanie ran the 2012 London Marathon for the NKF

Stephanie is 19 years of age. She graduated from Cambridge Performing Arts in July last year with a Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre and is currently studying to become a Personal Trainer. She has already run the Robin Hood half marathon in 2010. So far she has raised £1100.00 towards her target of between £3,000 - £4,000. She plans to put on various fitness classes, over the year, to help raise the money as well as the normal way of gaining sponsors.

Stephanie writes:

Stephanie with Nan on 18th BirthdayI am proud to be given the opportunity to take part in the 2012 London Marathon to raise funds for the National Kidney Federation in memory of my Nan. This picture was taken at my 18 birthday a landmark that she was determined to make. Stephanie at graduationUnfortunately she passed away in March 2011 and didn’t get the chance to see me graduate in July but my Grandad was on hand to give me support. I know she is watching over me and would love the fact that I am running for this great cause. 

Laura Gleadell to Run two half-Marathons for NKF

Laura GleadellLaura Gleadell (pictured right) aims to raise £10,000 for NKF by running in the Silverstone Half Marathon and The Great North Run with her sister.

Laura, who runs the specialised dialysis travel company Freedom Travel, has already raised £3154.20 (including Gift Aid) towards her total, as donations begin to flood in through her JustGiving page.

NKF’s Chief Executive, Tim Statham, has appealed to NKF supporters to help Laura raise or even exceed her target by contributing as much as they can through the website. “I believe her own target of £10,000 could be broken if we get the Kidney Life readership and the website surfers behind her,” he said.

To help Laura raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/laura4freedom.

Debs and Phil cycled to Spain fo NKF

Debs and Phil with the mountain bikes they used for trainingHello my name is Deborah Smith. This all began in March this year when my husband, Phil, said that he would like to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, I jokingly suggested that he should cycle to the house we have in Costa Blanca, Spain, as everyone does the Land’s End to John O’Groats route. He jumped at this idea and asked his friend to go along; his friend declined so I unwittingly volunteered saying that it would be a good idea to celebrate the 20th anniversary of my transplant which will be the 29th April 2012, and to raise money for the NKF.

Having hardly any cycling experience nor even a decent bike, Phil dragged me off shopping and I got kitted out including a shiny new touring bike. I’ve been slowly building up confidence, distance and speed, and can now complete a 50 mile round trip with ease, the first time I cycled so far was hard and so were the 3 days after when I struggled to walk!

We set off on our ride on 1st April 2012, and cycled between 50 and 85 miles each day. We carryied our spare kit in pannier bags and stopped in bed and breakfasts on the way down. I have included a picture of us both training on our mountain bikes.

So far Debs and Phil have raised £3154.00. Help them to raise more by visiting www.justgiving.com/waltonandsmith.

Ed Gorman ran two Marathons for NKF

Ed GormanEd Gorman (pictured right) ran in the 2011 Paris Marathon and the 2012 Rome Marathon to raise money for the NKF.

This is a charity particularly close to Ed’s heart as back in 2004 his father-in-law, Peter, was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s Syndrome which led to his immune system attacking his vital organs. Most of his organs managed to repair themselves once he began treatment but his kidneys were completely obliterated. He then spent the following seven years having dialysis three times a week for up to 4 hours per time.

Just recently he has, with the help of the National Kidney Federation, undergone a pioneering kidney transplant. Pioneering because, although he was on the Waiting List, he was able to take part in what is called “Donor Pooling”. This pooling or “Cascade” system starts with a person who is willing to donate a kidney to a friend or relative but can’t because of a tissue mismatch. Instead, the person gives a kidney to a stranger and, in turn, that stranger’s friend or relative gives a kidney to another stranger.

Rob Ranson and friends Paddled down Thames to raise money for NKF

The Six CanoeistsRobert Ranson and five friends set out on 28th May 2011 to paddle from Cricklade to Teddington along the River Thames in 5 days, to raise funds for “various charities” including NKF.

Setting themselves a modest target of £250, they have raised far more and there is still time to add to their total. To help them do so, please go to www.justgiving.com/Robert-Ranson.

Guy Saywell Ran in the 2011 Southend Half Marathon for NKF

Guy SaywellGuy Saywell (pictured right with his son Jack) ran in the Southend Half Marathon on 12th June.

He ran the 13.1 miles in memory of his mother, Jacki Brundish, who died in October 2007 after many years on dialysis while waiting to hear whether her son was a possible living-donor match.

So far, Guy has raised £100.00 (including Gift Aid) towards his £500 target.

To help Guy raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/guy-saywell.

Kelly Courtney Ran in 2011 Lisburn Half Marathon for NKF

Kelly CourtneyKelly Courtney (pictured right during the race) exceeded her revised target of raising £1,000 for NKF by running in the 2011 Lisburn Half Marathon on 15th June. She completed the course with a time of 1:53:16.

Her husband was diagnosed with CKD in 2008 and currently has 14% kidney function. She has two sons. Kelly is also raising awareness for NKF through the local press.

So far, Kelly has raised £2679.00 (including Gift Aid).

To help Kelly raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/KELLY-COURTNEY.

Sandra Robinson Ran in Torbay Half Marathon for NKF

Sandra RobinsonSandra Robinson (pictured right) has exceeded her target of raising £500 for NKF by running in the 2011 Torbay Half Marathon on 19th June. She completed the thirteen miles in 2hrs 45 minutes.

So far, Sandra has raised £640.00 (including Gift Aid).

To help Sandra raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/SandraRobinson1.

Helen Bebb and her Children Raise Money for NKF and her Dad and Brother Sky Dive

Helen Laura Bebb with her children and (inset) Barry and Dave Firmin, her father and brotherHelen Bebb, was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease fifteen years ago when she was heavily pregnant with triplets. The attached photo shows her and her childrens in NKF T-Shirts for a non uniform day held at their school for the National Kidney Federation. Inset, her Father, Barry Firmin and Brother, Dave prepare for a sky dive they jumped on 1st July 2011 to raise funds for NKF.

So far, Helen has raised £60.00 (including Gift Aid). To help her raise more, please go to www.justgiving.com/Helen-Laura-Bebb0.

Kerri Jones and Lauren Morgan in Sky Dive for NKF

Kerri Jones and Lauren MorganKerri Jones and Lauren Morgan (pictured right) have teamed up as L & K Fundraising to raise a target of £790 from a sponsored sky dive for NKF in July 2011. Kerri has suffered from Kidney problems from a young age.

To help them raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/teams/lauren-kerri11.

Adam Janota and Andy Castle climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for three charities

Adam Janota and Andy CastleAdam Janota (inset right) and Andy Castle (main picture, right) are two members of a team of six who climbed Mount Kilimajaro on 20th July 2011.

Adam donated his kidney to his father in 2010 and is hoping to demonstrate (“Not necessarily to prove the point...”) that donating a kidney does not limit one’s ability to achieve.

To help them raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/teams/swappingbeerformountaingear.

Beth Broatch’s Charity Fundraising Night exceeds Expectations

Beth BroatchSinger Beth Broatch (pictured right) aimed to raise just £300 for NKF from an evening of entertainment at The Cameron’s Club, Hartlepool on 6th August 2011. Instead, Beth has raised £1519.00 (including Gift Aid), exceeding her target many times over. Besides Beth, the evening featured guest appearances from Elle Thynne and Rye Middleton, plus raffles and other activities.

Beth has suffered from a number of kidney problems from a young age and now hopes to repay the NKF for some of the help she has received.

To help Beth raise funds for NKF, please go to www.justgiving.com/bethbroatchcharityfundraisingnight.

Mark Richards cycled from Land’s End to John O Groats for NKF

Mark Richards and TeamMark Richards and his team (see picture) from Linx Design cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, (a massive ride of 1000 miles) for the National Kidney Federation on 9th September 2011. So far they have raised £1000 from sponsorship and £642.00 through their JustGiving Page. To help them raise more, please go to www.justgiving.com/Team-Linx2.