Ian Budd – Raising Money for King’s College Hospital

Posted on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Last October, my dear Dad passed away but I have seen first-hand and taken great comfort from the life changing impact on other families because my Dad had chosen to donate his organs. My friend Steve also knows the value of transplants as his wife, Nicky, had a liver transplant in 2004 at Kings College Hospital. The following years have seen Steve raise much needed funds for Kings College Liver Unit, especially for money towards research into immusuppression and patient tolerance – basically the medical care after the transplant has taken place. With this vital research, doctors are trying to get patients off immune suppressant drugs whilst still keeping them alive and well as the drugs often have awful side effects.

Therefore, Steve, myself and some other fool-hardy friends are going to slug it out in the Lake District and felt that a normal triathlon needed spicing up a bit. We will be canoeing across Lake Windermere before getting on our bikes and cycling the two steepest roads in Britain – Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass. This will then get us to the base of England’s highest mountain where we will finish the day climbing it.

Those of you who know me know that I like my sport and also my hill walking but I am probably more built for the second row on a rugby field than slugging it up the two of the steepest hills in Britain before climbing the highest peak. However, in order to help thousands of people like Nicky and those patients saved by my Dad’s organs, I will be getting to the top of Scarfell Pike and I would be really grateful for any amount of support that you can give me.

Our donation site can be found here http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/stevendewey

Thank you in advance for your kind support

Ian Budd