Blackborough End’s Stewart in GEAR to inspire organ donors

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A runner hopes his participation in next month’s Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) will inspire others to save lives and become organ donors.

Stewart South, from Blackborough End, will wear a T-shirt urging people to join the organ donation register when he takes part in the 10 kilometre race on May 1.

The race takes place almost exactly 17 years after he became an organ donor himself by giving one of his kidneys to his son, Joel, who had been diagnosed with kidney failure.

His other son, Oliver, later received a new kidney from an anonymous donor.

Since then, Mr South, 68, has raised thousands of pounds for Kidney Research UK and the transplant unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

But he says the need for donors remains as high as ever and he completed the British Heart Foundation half-marathon in Warwick earlier this month to raise awareness of the cause.

He said: “If, like me, you have sat by your son’s bed while he is in a coma, you would, almost certainly, hope that a donor organ would become available – and soon.

“I’m not asking for sponsorship money for the GEAR run.

“But I am asking for you to please help save lives. Just go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk and register.”