Walk to help to two kidney charities

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A walk will raise cash to help people with kidney problems and awareness of the need for more organ donors.

Scott Fairbrass, who is recovering from a kidney transplant, and friends have organised the walk from the Carleton pub in Pontefract on Sunday, July 26.

Mr Fairbrass, 31, suffered a kidney failure when he was 24, and has been on the list for a transplant ever since.

After his condition worsened, Mr Fairbrass was told he had around six months before he would have to start going to hospital for dialysis three times a week.

Tests were carried out and his friend Lee Scott was found to be an almost perfect match.

But then a deceased donor was found and the transplant operation was carried out five weeks ago.

Electrician Mr Fairbrass, of Normanton, said: “I’m back on my feet now and walking again.

“I was getting more and more poorly and had to stop work. I couldn’t physically lift myself up.”

Cash will be raised for Kidney Research UK and Jo’s Dreams, a charity which provides treats and days out for people living with kidney failure.

Mr Fairbrass said: “The charity sent me and family to Disneyland Paris eight weeks ago.”

On the walk leaflets will be given out inviting people to be organ donors.

Mr Fairbrass said that because he had a previous transplant which failed, it is even harder to find a donor because the body builds up anti-bodies which can reject a new organ.

He said: “For me the transplant came in a relatively short time but some people are on the list for 20 years.

“It takes two minutes to register but it can give somebody a better life for years.”