Bikers boost kidney fund

A MOTHER and daughter will be joining hundreds of bikers in a ride to raise money for a charity which helped them through kidney troubles.

A MOTHER and daughter will be joining hundreds of bikers in a ride to raise money for a charity which helped them through kidney troubles.

Jan Goulding, 47, of The Woolnoughs, Kesgrave, donated her kidney to her daughter, Abigail, earlier this year, and the pair have since recovered well.

They will now be taking part in the Triangle Motorcycle Club's sixth annual ride, which is raising funds for the charity Climb that has supported the family through Abigail's illness.

Abigail has suffered from Cystinosis - a rare genetic disorder of the renal tubes - since birth. After continuous treatment, it was finally decided she needed a kidney transplant as she had begun to suffer renal failure.

Mrs Goulding stepped forward to donate her own organ and the operation took place in March.

They both decided to take part in the ride on Sunday, August 31, which starts at 9am at the Orwell Crossing Truck Stop on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge.

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Mrs Goulding said: “We were deeply touched when we found out they were doing it for this charity. We know a few members of the Triangle Club and someone nominated the charity for this year's bike ride.

“I am very excited about going on the bike ride. I thought I'd do it for a laugh and I'm quite interested in bikes anyway. Abigail is also looking forward to it. It is great that she is well enough to do it.

“The charity has helped us enormously ever since Abigail was first diagnosed.”

Eric Brown, charity secretary for the Triangle Motorcycle Club, said: “If we can get £1,000 we will be well pleased.

“Abigail hasn't had a very nice childhood but when we sat her on a motorbike, the smile on her face was amazing.

“Someone in the club knows the family and we got in touch. They didn't want money for themselves just the charity which supported them.”

The 50-mile trip finishes at the Beaconsfield Arms in Occold. It costs £5 to enter.

All the money raised will go to Climb, which provides information and support to those with metabolic diseases.

For more information about the event, visit www.trianglemcc.co.uk.

Are you raising money for a special cause? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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