North Hampshire man sponsoring race at Newbury to raise awareness of organ transplants
An Ecchinswell man will be sponsoring the featured race on the Virgin Bet Flat Finale with Oktoberfest at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday to raise awareness of organ transplants.
The Galloping To Give Celebrating 10 Years With A Kidney Transplant Stakes, ordinarily known as the Radley Stakes, will be supported by Henry Kimbell.
Mr Kimbell will be sponsoring the race on behalf of new business, Galloping To Give, which he established last autumn.
In January this year, Mr Kimbell celebrated the 10-year anniversary of his kidney transplant and he is using this opportunity to help others in similar situations.
He said: “One of my big messages is to utilise the day’s publicity to raise awareness of health concerns amongst my generation and to showcase how the sport can be a strong vehicle to aid individuals and families when coping with challenging health conditions.
“For many years, I have worked on behalf of charities forging partnerships.
“It became quite apparent to me that many didn’t think to utilise racing as a means of business development or if they were using it, through an annual hospitality day at the races for example, they weren’t securing the maximum value out of it.”
Mr Kimbell established Galloping To Give to provide winning experiences for charities and companies through the connection to horse racing.
“My transplant has certainly given me a new lease of life with much more energy to go about day to day activities," he added.
“It’s important to raise awareness to those that don’t know much about transplantation.
“Sadly an organ transplant won’t last indefinitely - approximately ten years depending on the strength of your match to the donor - and so each year that passes by is another important milestone without dialysis for me.”
Kidney disease affects three million people in the UK - approximately one in twenty – and treatments can be gruelling and currently there is no cure.
“Racing has been a focus and a positive distraction for me both during lockdown and whilst undergoing treatment,” he said.
“Being back at Newbury with my family celebrating this milestone will be a special and emotional day, but I can’t wait - life has to be celebrated as it’s so precious.”
Mr Kimbell will be fundraising for the two hospitals that have cared for him, the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust and the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, with further fundraising events planned into 2022.
To make a donation please visit - https://www.justgiving.com/team/tenyearswithatransplant
Or for further information about Henry’s fundraising efforts please email firstname.lastname@example.org