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Steve Leonard enters the Copenhagen Ironman Challenge

Why is Steve Leonard supporting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kidney Patients' Association

As a child I had no idea my dad was afflicted with kidney disease. Thanks to the generosity of organ donation, he'd received a transplant that meant the first 10yrs of my life were free from the stresses & strains of a parent bound to a dialysis machine 3 times a week for hours.

Being treated at the QE hospital in Birmingham, he had received support via the local Kidney Patients Association. In speaking with my mum recently, I now understand he was one of the founding members. Local charities such as these might not get mainstream attention, but for "patients on the ground", can be invaluable in terms of day-to-day support & guidance. When you are constrained by the dialysis machine, having an organisation that can provide you with helpful information, and arranging dialysis partnerships at other sites for holidays, can offer a brief sense of freedom. Family of patients are supported too.

Even though I have not directly had any contact with the QEHKPA for over 18 years, anything I could possibly raise to give back to this organisation would be amazing. With a modest income stream as a small charity, I also know anything I can raise would really make a difference.

Event details
Ironman Copenhagen
I have done half marathons, marathons, triathlons, half ironman triathlons, and generally taken them in my stride. In reality, I would have felt guilty about asking for donations for a "challenge" that I knew was well within my capabilities. This is different.
3.8km swim. 180km bike. 42.2km run.
This distance race kind of scares me.
And for that reason, I think there is a selfish element to this as well. In those moments of pain and distress, knowing that there is a greater good at play, and that I am putting myself through this for something other than my own personal satisfaction, will help push me on.

Event date
19-August-2018 07:00
19-August-2018 22:45


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Chris Millinson Running for two Hospitals

Chris has decided to run the Birmingham Half Marathon to support the Renal departments at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and New Cross Hospital.


I have never been one for physical exercise, let alone running. At the end of last year, a couple of my old school friends managed to talk me into signing up for this year's Birmingham Half Marathon. Sounded easy at the time - especially after a few beers.

The driver for doing this is to raise money for the Renal departments at both the Queen Elizabeth and New Cross Hospitals.

Both of my parents have suffered at the hands of Kidney Cancer. My father was treated at the QE, and my mother was treated at New Cross. Both parents are now minus one kidney each, but are still here with us following the lifesaving surgery that both hospitals provided.

The physical and mental anguish I have seen my parents endure at the hands of this terrible disease is heart-breaking. The support of the doctors and staff at both hospitals has been paramount in getting my parents to where they are today, and for that I will be forever thankful. Any donations, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated, and will help both hospitals to continue the great work and research that they do.

Event details

Birmingham Half Marathon 2018

I will be running in the Simply Health 2018 Birmingham Half-Marathon, on October 14th. I started some light training at the start of the year, where I could barely run a mile without collapsing. I ran in the Simply Health Birmingham 10k in May this year.

Event date 14-October-2018

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2018 Celebrating 50 years of transplants at the QE Hospital Birmingham, their 5000ths transplant and 1000th live donor transplant
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas
THE EVENT

Stephan Betteridge is dedicating this to the memory of Valerie Broome.



14 days trekking around the Annapurna Region of the Himalayas in Nepal where some of the highest mountains in the world are found. January is the coldest period in the region with temperatures often falling below freezing at night.

The Date 14 January 2019 to 30January 2019

I am aiming to raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kidney Patients Association in memory of my Mother-in-Law who sadly passed away with renal failure in 2015.

The staff, nurses and doctors were extremely caring, helpful and supportive throughout her illness.

I would like to raise money to support the fantastic work throughout the hospital and especially the support provided by the Kidney Patients Association.

They offer support and guidance to the patients and their family members who are suffering from kidney failure.

The money raised will also help with their vital research into the various kidney diseases.
Trekking the Annapurna Circuit in the Himalayas for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kidney Patients Association.

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