An inspiring Caerphilly local is set to take part in the Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K this September, for a 10th consecutive year, to help raise money for Kidney Wales and show his support to staff at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) following his kidney donation.
Jonathan Pritchard, from Newbridge, donated his kidney in 2010 as his sister’s health declined, after she developed kidney disease while living with diabetes.
Running in his 10th consecutive Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K race, Jonathan is raising funds this year for Kidney Wales so that they can continue to offer support to kidney patients at the UHW. Speaking about why he’s running, Jon said:
“Kidney Wales’ fundraising has helped so many kidney transplant patients at the UHW. The staff there are superb, and they have been so supportive of me and my sister. Thanks to the kidney transplant my sister’s health is much better, and so I want to show my support to them by continuing to raise funds that will support other patients.”
This is not the first time Jonathan has raised money for Kidney Wales. In the past he has raised up to £1,000 for the charity by running with a team from work in previous Cardiff 10K races and he hopes to raise a few hundred pounds this year to support the charity that is so close to his heart. Jon said:
“Whether it’s a fundraiser at work or running a 10K, I always raise money for Kidney Wales. I am eternally thankful to Kidney Wales and the Kidney Department at UHW for all that they’ve done for me and my sister.”
Discussing Jon’s fundraising endeavours, Danielle Angell, Head of Fundraising and Events at Kidney Wales, said:
“Jon is a real inspiration and he’s been a fantastic fundraiser for Kidney Wales over the years. We hope his story encourages other people to sign up to the race and also consider signing up to the organ donation list. We look forward to seeing Jon in the race village after he crosses the finish line.”
The Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K is organised by Kidney Wales and is one of the most popular road races in Wales. The route goes through the flat city centre and passes several Cardiff landmarks, making it perfectly suitable for all running abilities.
For more information on the Cardiff Met Cardiff 10K visit www.cardiff10k.cymru/cardiff-10k/ or call 029 20 343 940