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Kidney down, but Andy's up for challenge

PUBLISHED: 10:22 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:04 07 July 2010

An East Anglian serviceman is hoping to raise public awareness of live organ donations by taking on a gruelling cycle challenge - eight months after giving away one of his kidneys.

An East Anglian serviceman is hoping to raise public awareness of live organ donations by taking on a gruelling cycle challenge - eight months after giving away one of his kidneys.

Cpl Andy Goodhall, who lives in Thetford and is based at RAF Honington, is set to cycle 100 miles over eight Peak District hills this summer to raise thousands of pounds for the National Kidney Federation.

The 36-year-old, who gave one of his kidneys to his mother Margaret Sayce, who suffers from polycystic kidney disease, in October, hopes to prove that having one less kidney does not affect a donor's quality of life.

The father-of-one, whose sister Elizabeth also has the disease, said thousands of patients were on dialysis waiting for a new kidney, but not many people were aware that they could be live organ donors.

Cpl Goodhall, who has been in the training squadron at the RAF regiment for nearly four years, will be undertaking the Polka Dot Challenge with his father Peter, who lives in Scarborough, Yorkshire, on June 1.

He hopes to raise more than £2,000 for the federation, which promotes best practice renal medical treatment and supports relatives and friends who care for kidney patients.

Cpl Goodhall, who also plays for Attleborough Football Club, hopes to do the “horrendous”- looking cycle ride in about eight hours.

“I'm living proof that you do not have to be dead to give organs and you can still live a fit and healthy life when you do give a kidney. It has not affected me or changed my life.

“I was in hospital for three days and off work for four months before I was 100pc again and the RAF was excellent and really supportive,” he said.

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