Date of release: 9 February 2018
Two former RWT renal patients have taken on a 10k run to raise funds to support renal patients at the Trust, after overcoming kidney disease.
Brendan Hever and Beth Waterfield took up running on their journeys to recovery after receiving kidney transplants.
They wanted to give something back to New Cross and raise money for the Renal Trust Fund through a local 10k.
Brendan said: “I was diagnosed with renal failure ten years ago,
“Because of this, I went onto dialysis in 2013, and was really quite poorly.
“The Renal team lifted me up through that difficult time, and kept me alive.
“In 2015 I had a kidney transplant which restored me to good health.
“I returned to full time work which I previously didn’t think possible, and took up running – I did the Wolverhampton 10k last September to raise money for the unit as I wanted to give something back. I raised £525 altogether.
“I now eat all foods which were previously banned and live a full life.”
Beth spoke of how achieving the 10k was like her lightbulb moment, on her emotional journey to recovery.
She said: “I had a kidney and pancreas transplant back in 2013. Four years later I’m fit and well. I like running a lot so myself and Brendan decided to run for the Renal Trust Fund in Wolverhampton.
“The 10k was amazing – the atmosphere and support from people around the course who know what we’ve been through was incredible.
“It’s a relief to feel good after everything I have been through.
“I wanted to give back to the renal team at Wolverhampton because they have supported me through my recovery, you feel extremely low and miserable in the aftermath of the surgery, as I was very poorly but they have a way of lifting you up and making things better.
“They educate you on renal failure as it’s not something I knew anything about before I was taken ill.
“As well as the 10k last year I’m also helping to run quizzes with Brendan at Gunmakers in Wolverhampton which raises money for the Fund.”
The next quiz will be held on 28th February at the Gunmakers Arms in Wolverhampton. Entry is £1 per person and all are welcome to attend.
The Renal Trust Fund:
Helps to buy trips away for chronically ill patients.
Helps to buy equipment for renal patients.
Helps to purchase education and training.