Kidney transplant man pays tribute

Surrounded by heroes: Kidney transplant patient John Ward (left) with his brother Martin and the four intrepid cyclists on the Land's End to John O'Groats run.
Surrounded by heroes: Kidney transplant patient John Ward (left) with his brother Martin and the four intrepid cyclists on the Land's End to John O'Groats run.
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SPALDING transplant patient John Ward has paid tribute to his heroes – his brother Martin, who donated a life-transforming kidney, and his son Matt and three pals, who are cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for Kidney Research UK.

John faced life-long dialysis until a donor organ was found.

But his brother, Martin (49), stepped in and donated a kidney so John can lead a normal life.

John said: “It’s heroic really. It’s not something you would undertake lightly but he took it rather matter of fact.”

John’s student son Matt (19) and three friends, Jack Robinson, William Pratt and Philip Goodliffe (all 20) are now raising money for the kidney research charity with an 874 more cycle ride the length of Britain from August 28 to September 10.

John said: “That’s another bit of an heroic effort – I am obviously pleased where they are going to donate the proceeds.”

John is an electrical engineer with Olympus Automation at Peterborough. He was back at work within eight weeks of the December operation.

Martin, who lives in Holbeach, was back at work within three weeks, and says he donated a kidney simply because “it was the right thing to do”.

To donate to Matt’s cycle ride visit www.justgiving.com/4boysonbikes