Kidney swap dad in cycle fundraiser for hospital
A manager at the Royal United Hospital who donated a kidney to his son has been fundraising as a thank-you to another treatment centre.
Simon Edwards, who lives in Bradford on Avon, had first- hand experience of the renal unit at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children after he became a living kidney donor for his son.
With his son now a healthy teenager and living a normal life, Mr Edwards decided that he wanted to give something back to the unit.
He cycled 200 miles across the north of France with 15 friends, known as The Bath Velo Fellows, and raised more than £12,500.
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The money will help the unit treat more children and offer greater support to the whole family.
RUH information governance manager Mr Edwards said: "Lots of children and families find themselves on the renal unit for a very long time, and the support the unit provides the whole family is remarkable.
"We are incredibly grateful for the care we received and are committed to helping to make a difference to other families who find themselves in the same situation.
"My son's stay in hospital following his transplant was just two weeks, but other families are not so lucky and they need our help."
The money will go to Above and Beyond, a charity that raises funds for all of Bristol's nine central hospitals.
Its head of corporate partnerships Lorna Clarke said: "It has been a pleasure to work with Simon on all his fundraising activities.
"When people are generous enough to harness their own experiences to help other families in a similar situation working tirelessly to fundraise, it is extremely moving."
The fundraising work by Mr Edwards and his wife Katrina has been supported by Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis, who recently visited the unit.
Mr Edwards said: "We have finished our fundraising on a real high.
"Now it's time to get the thinking cap on for what to do next year."
To make a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/team/simon.edwards.