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Sunday, June 15, 2014
A trio of fundraisers completed the 45-mile Norfolk Coast Path this weekend to raise awareness of organ donation.
Sarah Smith, 39, from Chapel Road, East Ruston, who has had two kidney transplants, her fiance David Moony, 38, and friend Alan Dawson, from Norwich, walked from Hunstanton to Cromer Pier over two days.
The group was also raising money for the Addenbrooke’s Transplant Games Team, which Miss Smith is part of. The team will compete in the British Transplant Games.
Between August 7-10, teams from around the country, made up of people who have had transplant operations, will compete in different sports at Bolton.
Miss Smith will be playing badminton and has competed in the games before, as well as representing the UK in the World Transplant Games.
Miss Smith, an administrator, said: “When you get a transplant you are eternally grateful for everything. Someone has given you a new lease of life. When you need a transplant you have got to think positively. It is not easy, initially, but it gets easier and you learn to adapt your life. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”
Over the past few years she has completed sporting challenges for the transplant games and has so far raised between £1,500 and £2,000.
Miss Smith was born with one failed kidney and became ill at about 13 years old.
She had her first kidney transplant in 1993 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after her mother donated her kidney.
After that kidney failed and seven years of dialysis, she had another transplant in 2003.
Miss Smith, who is fit and healthy, said it was important for people to discuss organ donation.
“The transplant games brings people together who have gone through the same situation. It is fun and allows you to meet people,” she added.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Sarah-Smith114
For details about the games, visit www.transplantsport.org.uk or www.atgt.org.uk/team
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