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Rachael set to conquer Ben Nevis for charity
A STAFFORD woman who has had two kidney transplants is appealing for support as she prepares to tackle Ben Nevis.
Rachael Cook, 32, who works in the finance department for Stafford and Rural Homes, is taking on Britain’s tallest mountain to help raise money for Kidney Research UK.
“The work that Kidney Research UK does helps to keep people like me alive and I want to do my bit to repay them for all the great work they do,” said Rachael.
In 2000 Rachael, a finance officer for SARH, became sick with renal failure and spent the next four years needing dialysis three days a week.
“When I first became sick I was just 20-years-old and to say I was devastated wouldn’t come close to how I felt,” she said. “Without the support of my friends, family and organisations like Kidney Research UK I wouldn’t have been able to cope.”
In November 2004 Rachael was offered a lifeline when her mum Carol offered to donate one of her kidneys.
Unfortunately Rachael’s body rejected the kidney and within hours she needed another operation to remove it – meaning a return to painful dialysis.
Then in 2009 Rachael’s husband Dave donated one of his kidneys and this time the operation was a complete success.
“I still have to take 13 tablets a day to keep my body healthy, but that is nothing in comparison to the pain and side effects of dialysis,” she said.
After recovering from the second operation Rachael vowed to do a challenge every year to raise money for Kidney Research UK – and has already completed a 20-kilometre bike ride and a seven-mile London Bridges Walk.
This year Rachael will be flanked by her brother Shaun, 27, and a team of over 20 other fundraisers for her biggest challenge yet.
“Taking on Ben Nevis is the most daunting challenge to date by far, but I know I have the support of my family and all my friends at Stafford and Rural Homes and I’m determined to raise as much money as I can. Our group needs to raise £1,000 to make it happen and I really want to raise as much as I can.”
“I’m currently on the treadmill five times a week, sometimes I think I must be mad but it’s all worth it for such a good cause.”
To support Rachael log on and leave a donation on her fundraising website http://www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/rachaelvsthemountain