Kidney patient uses pedal power to thank hospitals

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Fundraising cyclists

Phil Davis had a successful kidney transplant last year. He was so pleased with the treatment and care he received, he promised himself that he would repay the hospitals concerned with a fundraiser that would challenge him to complete.

Phil, a director with Thornaby-based filtration specialists John Morfield Ltd, was referred to the renal investigation unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough where he was informed that he was suffering from deteriorating kidney function.

In March 2010, his consultant Dr John Main referred him to the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, to be considered for a kidney transplant and he was added to the national organ recipient list. In January 2011 he received a call advising him a kidney was available that was a good match.

The transplant was a success and the grateful 52 year-old from Middlesbrough wants to give something back to the renal departments at both The James Cook University Hospital and Freeman Hospital, while at the same time raising the profile of renal disease, its causes and the treatments that are available.

He vowed to get fit enough to attempt the gruelling coast-to-coast cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland to raise funds for the renal research fund.

Phil’s work colleagues have been extremely supportive, so much so that 30 of them are prepared to get on their bikes to ride with him.

Training for the three-day ride, which starts on 15 June in the Cumbrian coastal town, has been building up steadily over the last few months and Phil, who was been with John Morfield Ltd for 23 of its 50-year history, is overwhelmed by the fantastic support he has received.

He said: “The support I have had has been phenomenal. I never envisaged it being such a large event, but I’m ever so grateful to everyone involved. All the doctors and nursing staff gave me total and absolute care at every stage and I have so much gratitude for my donor and their family, for giving me the chance of a better quality of life.

“My transplant has been life changing; I have more energy and a better outlook on life. My immune suppression medication is for life but is a small price to pay for a healthy outcome.”

Phil has a target of £10,000 and is “so grateful” to the generosity of both individuals and companies John Morfield trade with who have raised almost £7,500 so far. Donations of sponsorship can be sent to www.justgiving/phildavis9-c2c and for further information about how to register on the organ transplant list, visit www.uktransplant.org.uk