Family step out for a worthy cause

By Samson Dada

Monday 4 July 2011

Leicester Mercury

A mother and daughter will trek across the Great Wall of China for a charity that is close to their hearts.

Natasha Ridewood, 38, and her mother Juliette, 64, are aiming to raise £3,000 each for Kidney Research UK.

It comes after they discovered Natasha’s sister, Katie, 35, who suffers from kidney disease, needed to go back on the wait- ing list for a new kidney.

Natasha, from Thorpe Satchville, near Melton, said: “I’m really looking forward to it, it should be a really great ex- perience because I’m going with my mum.”

This will be the pair’s first sponsored challenge together.

They hope the trip, in October, will raise the profile for Kidney Research UK and encourage people to become organ donors.

Juliette, who lives in Burton on the Wolds, said: “When we realised Katie was ill again, we thought it was a wonderful, practical thing we could do to help.”

Juliette wants to encourage others to join the organ donor register. She gave one of her kidneys to her daughter in 1997.

She added: “Donating a kidney has made no change to my health, I’m still really fit and healthy.”

All the money raised will go towards research into finding a cure. They are funding the trip themselves. health, I’m still really fit and healthy.” All the money raised will go towards research into finding a cure. They are funding the trip themselves.

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