Construction Manager, Stewart Waite, from Easingwold is taking on the Coast-to-Coast cycle challenge to give something back following his partner’s live kidney transplant to her eldest son, and to help make a positive difference to others living with kidney disease.
Stewart, who works for Sir Robert McAlpine is taking on the coast to coast cycle challenge for the second year running on Saturday 27 July, and this time is aiming to ride the 140 mile ride from Arnside to Robin Hoods Bay in just one day rather than the two he did it in last year. Having raised over £1,300 in 2018, Stewart has smashed his fundraising target yet again and has so far raised over £1,900 Kidney Research Yorkshire.
Stewart says of his motivation: “while in his early 20’s my partner’s son, James, was diagnosed with a very rare kidney disorder called FSGS and it became apparent that he would need to have a kidney transplant. My partner, P from Ramsden’s Solicitors York office put herself forward to be considered as a live donor in February 2017. Over the ensuing months and following extensive scans and tests, the operation finally was carried out in October 2017 in St James Hospital, Leeds.
Seeing the fantastic work carried out by the medical teams in both Leeds and York and witnessing the affect that kidney disease has on a patient’s life, especially those who need daily dialysis, inspired me to just do something to give a bit back. I want to thank everyone who has been so generous in their support including my friends, family and individuals and companies I work with. I am delighted that both my partner and James are well with James working as Head Chef at Source Restaurant in York.”
You can support Stewart through his online fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/stewart-waite1.