My Name is Colin Bell, i’m a 36 year old proud father of two wonderful kids. I am a personal trainer and PGA golf professional and have enjoyed a fit and healthy life to date.
A few years ago my dad suffered renal failure caused by stress which was probably par for the course having myself, my brother and sister for kids! but his sister.. my auntie Lizzy donated her kidney and they had a successful transplant.
They say that you take on another donors traits after a transplant, now we joke that we preferred him on dialysis for he was constantly exhausted and there wasn’t a peep out of him.. Auntie Lizzy always wants to know everything!
But anyway I wish to raise as much money as possible for the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund who exist to support research and treatment of kidney disease directly for the benefit of the people of Northern Ireland.
Having a successful kidney transplant has given my dad a new lease of life and we are all truly grateful to the donor, my auntie Lizzy and all the staff at Belfast City hospital Renal Ward.
This one means a lot so no doubts about completing the distance! If you can please make a donation! Many thanks for reading!
Causeway Coast Ultra Marathon
The 2017 Causeway Coast Marathon will take place on Saturday 23rd September 2017.
Having established itself as one of the most scenic marathons in the world the 2017 event is set to attract participants from across the globe that will come to compete alongside fellow runners on this fantastic route.
The Ultra will start in Portstewart and will follow the Causeway Coast Way to Portballintrae. From here it will pick up the Marathon Route and will follow the tracks and trails between Portballintrae and Ballintoy Harbour. This Marathon will be an “out and back” route almost entirely off road, passing The Giants Causeway, Dunseverick Harbour, White Park Bay, Ballintoy Harbour before turning at the quaint Harbour and returning along the same route.
The scenery on the outward and homeward legs of the event is truly spectacular.
The entire route passes through magnificent coastline scenery with fine views of wide bays, sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and off – shore rocks, all of which characterise the Causeway Coast, making its beauty and uniqueness world famous.
The Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund is a totally voluntary organisation which exists to support local research and treatment into kidney and associated diseases with an aim to finding a cure and ultimately the means of preventing such diseases.
The Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund supports a wide variety of research projects at Belfast City Hospital and Queen’s University that explore why persons develop kidney failure and assess the best forms of treatment for these kidney conditions.
Our aim is also to promote the National Organ Donor Register, anyone can register to join visit http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23 or Text Save to 84118
The NIKRF depends on individuals and small groups of volunteers to raise funds to support the work of the charity, we have no salaried staff therefore virtually every penny raised is used to support NIKRF’s aims.
Please support the Northern Ireland Kidney Research Fund
Charity No: NI 053349