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Sunday 6 September 2020

Kidney Research UK

Kidney Research UK

Joseph and Tim’s Story 

Joseph was a physically fit and active young guy when out of the blue last July he became quite ill, he was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and commenced a life-saving but physically draining routine of 4 hour dialysis sessions 3 times per week.

As a consequence, one of the many sacrifices for Joseph included him and his dad, Tim, being unable to participate in Tour O The Borders 2018, a ride that they had completed together several times over the past years. 

Fortunately, it turned out that Tim was a good tissue match for Joseph and so within 6 months both were recovering from a kidney transplant operation . The transplant has enabled Joseph to regain a more normal life so that after just a further 6 months Joseph and Tim will be returning to take on the challenge of Tour o the Borders, powered by Pirelli 2019! They are both thankful for their good health and kidney function and grateful for the fantastic work of the many talented and dedicated staff of the renal, dialysis and transplant units of the NHS. These teams have benefited from many years of pioneering research, much of which is supported by the charity Kidney Research UK.

Joseph & Tim are amongst the lucky ones who are of good general health, largely due to their love of cycling & participating in events such as the Touro, so they were in relatively good shape and a good match for an early transplant. There are over three million people in the UK with varying degrees of kidney failure, many of whom are not so fortunate and over 6,000 of them are waiting for a suitable transplant. Joseph and Tim would therefore like to celebrate their own good health by raising funds to support the great work of Kidney Research UK from which they have benefited significantly. 


Kidney Research UK


Kidney Research UK

Kidney Research UK is the leading charity dedicated to research into kidney disease in the UK. They rely almost wholly on the generous donations of the UK public and believe that everybody deserves a life free of kidney disease.

There are three million people in the UK living with kidney disease right now. One million don’t even know they have it and there is no cure. 

Every day Kidney Research UK’s scientists and clinicians are growing their understanding of kidney disease to help unlock the answers to tackling this life-limiting condition.

For decades their developments in treatment, better information for patients and raising vital public awareness have been saving lives. As the likelihood of kidney disease striking you becomes ever greater, their work is more essential now than ever.

So, let’s help put the brakes on kidney disease and stop it in its tracks! 

You can donate to Tim and Joseph’s JustGiving page using the button above or if you would prefer to raise money for Kidney Research UK yourself you can set up your very own JustGiving page by hitting the button below! 


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