Somerset cyclists raise cash for Kidney Research UK

Damien McCutcheon and three other family members will end theit 180 mile bike ride in Tenby tomorrow (Sunday).

Damien McCutcheon and three other family members will end theit 180 mile bike ride in Tenby tomorrow (Sunday).

First published in County News

Four charity cyclists are due to arrive in Tenby tomorrow (Sunday, August 23) at the end of a two-day ride in aid of Kidney Research UK.

Damien McCutcheon, aged 30, his 15-year-old brother-in-law, Connor Anstey; his father-in-law, Chris Anstey and his wife’s uncle, Jeremy Appleyard are planning to set off on their 180-mile ride from Radstock, Somerset on Saturday.

The Somerset riders have been inspired to raise money for the charity after the uncle of Damian’s wife and Connor was diagnosed with kidney disease in 2006, which led to kidney failure.

He was receiving dialysis four times a day until 2012, when he received a new kidney from one of his three sisters.

The gentleman, who has a holiday home in Tenby, had suffered from an aggressive form of IGA nephropathy, which affects the filters of the kidneys.

Said Damian: “There is currently no cure for IGA nepropathy or other forms of kidney disease - only life-extending treatments such as dialysis or a transplant, for which there is a huge shortage of donor organs.

“I decided, therefore, that I wanted to raise money for Kidney Research UK by taking on this cycling challenge in the hope that one day maybe a cure can be found.”

Donations to the riders can be made via www.justgiving.com.ride4kidneyuk.

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