A team of local sport development officers took on a variety of epic challenges throughout May in support of their colleague and friend Ania who is awaiting a Kidney transplant.  Ania was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease fairly recently, a degenerative condition that would eventually lead to kidney failure.  This year Ania was lined up to get a kidney transplant, however this has been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future and instead has had to being renal dialysis as a form of treatment.

As a team who’s day to day job is to increase provision for physical activity and support in the community they wanted to show their support to Ania during this difficult time,  by pulling together and lifting morale taking on some extremely taxing, shared challenges.   The almighty challenge included a collective of 20,000 reps of exercise and achieving over 4,000K distance through walking, running and cycling that’s equivalent to one full loop of the UK!  The last 24 hours of the challenge was celebrated with a virtual team relay!

This inspirational team has raised over £2,000 in support of the vital work of Kidney Wales supporting patients and their families  as well as our NHS throughout this pandemic.  They have also been nominated deservingly as local heroes for their incredible community courage to combat Covid-19 and the impact in Wales. Fundraising Manager Danielle Jones commented on the challenge

“A big thank you to the entire team for participating in such an extraordinary challenge, every penny raised will continue supporting highly vulnerable kidney patients here in Wales through this pandemic.  This campaign has been a real breath of fresh air, the engagement it has received has been incredible with lots of well wishes for the team.”

The team had so much fun they are continuing with their activity,  they are even recruiting new participants to the fundraising group. Yasmin Davies one of the members that led the team said

“This charity fundraiser has been so important to us as a team over the past month in lockdown. It has allowed us to motivate each other each day to take part in physical activity and raise money for a great cause. Ania is such an important member of our team and we wanted to show our support for her in the best way we know how, through sport and team work.”

You can view the fantastic effort of the team’s final challenge of the month with their  24 hour relay here.

There’s still time to donate to the campaign, and support the team’s fantastic efforts by visiting their Just Giving Page.