Kidney patient steps up preparations ahead of 388-mile charity cycle to Paris

Fundraiser Dan Norcott, right, of Wymeswold, with friend and fellow challenger Andy Stafford EMN-160422-130827001
Fundraiser Dan Norcott, right, of Wymeswold, with friend and fellow challenger Andy Stafford EMN-160422-130827001

A heroic fundraiser who is on the verge of receiving a kidney from his mum is putting in his final preparations ahead of a bike ride to Paris.

Dan Norcott has this week started riding 18 miles a day ahead of the 388-mile challenge from his home in Wymeswold to the French capital.

The 41-year-old will be taking to the saddle between May 4 and 15 to raise money for Leicester Kidney Care Appeal despite battling with polycystic kidney disease - the same condition that unfortunately led to the death of his father, Malcolm, in 2004.

Dan, who will be joined by friends Rich Moss and Andy Stafford, said: “I remember my dad cycling around the coast of England and since then I have always wanted to go on a big bike ride.

“This challenge is about raising money to help develop treatments and therapies. Without this transplant, which comes on the back of previous breakthroughs, I’d be dead by 43.”

Dan’s mum is donating one of her kidneys to her son this summer.

Polycystic kidney disease is a genetic disorder characterised by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. Dan, who lives with his wife Ali and son Arthur, was diagnosed with the condition aged 21.

Dr Alice Smith, who leads the Leicester Kidney Exercise Team based in the Leicester Diabetes Centre at Leicester General Hospital, said: “The main role of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood before converting them into urine.

“They also provide a number of other functions including to help maintain blood pressure and maintaining correct levels of chemicals to help heart and muscles function properly.

“Chronic kidney disease is the reduced ability of the kidney to carry out these functions in the long-term. Regular exercise can help to reduce the problems associated with the condition.”

Through research, the Leicester Kidney Exercise Team is allowing patients to make and carry out a realistic and safe plan of how to become more active in their daily lives.

The Leicester Kidney Care Appeal charity is funding vital research enabling more answers to be found to better support people with kidney disease.

Kirit Mistry, an ambassador for the Community Link Organ Donation team at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Three people die every day because there are not enough organs being donated. If you are from a black and minority ethnic community you will wait for an extra year for a donation because there are not enough organs being donated.

“People don’t always share it with their family after joining the register and as a result they can’t honour their wishes.”

For more information about Dan’s challenge and to donate visit http://pedallingtoparis.com