Stewart Waite West to East coast two day cycle event

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On a beautiful sunny morning, Saturday 29th July, me and my friend set off for a two day cycle ride, from Morecambe to Filey to raise money for Kidney Research Yorkshire.

Day one saw us leave Morecambe Bay heading back through the beautiful lanes of The Yorkshire Dales, enjoying some fantastic scenery and weather.

Day two saw us leaving York in very heavy rain and strong winds, with the weather only breaking when we had about two hours journey home.  Day two was an absolute contrast to the previous day providing a challenging day in the saddle – but to give up was never an option.

My reason for doing this ride is that, whilst in his early 20’s my partners son was diagnosed with a very rare kidney disorder called FSGS.

As his kidneys were gradually deteriorating it was apparent that he would need to have a kidney transplant. My partner put herself forward to be considered to be 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 has inspired me to just “Do Something”.

My target was £500, but have actually raised over £1300 thanks to the generosity of friends and supporters.

Finally, I am very pleased to report both recipient and donor are doing really well.

Day 1 –  we followed the Route of “The Way of The Roses” – Morecambe – Lancaster – Settle – Pately Bridge – Ripon – Huby  Day 2 – we followed part of “The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride” –  Huby – Sheriff Hutton – Terrington – Coneysthorpe – Malton – Settrington – Wold Newton – Hunmanby – Filey.

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