Birmingham security guard’s marathon effort to help him become a kidney donor for his wife

on March 10, 2016

A Birmingham security guard is fighting to stay fit so he can donate a kidney to his wife.

Rae and Shelley Black at their fundraising cake stall in Millennium Point

Rae and Shelley Black at their fundraising cake stall in Millennium Point

Rae and Shelley Black, who both work at Millennium Point in the city centre, have been married for 12 years with two boys aged 13 and 17.

But in 2011, Shelley was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, which causes the a lowering of the kidney functions.

She is currently one of three million people in the UK currently waiting for a kidney transplant, but Rae is determined to get into shape so he can give her one of his.

“I use to be 18-and-a-half stone,” he said. “I was told one of my kidneys needed to be in better shape to be able to give her for a better transplant to happen, so I took up running and I got the bug and absolutely love it.”

He will be running the Manchester Marathon and the London Marathon two weeks later to raise money for kidney research and to give himself the best possibility of becoming a donor.

The husband and wife from Woodgate are selling cakes at the entrance to Millennium Point until 2pm today (10th March) to help them raise hit the £2,100 fundraising goal.

Rae has already held other events which have seen him go some way to hitting his target by mid-April

“We have £1,800 before whatever we make today and have got more things going on,” he said. “But it’s also about raising awareness about potential kidney problems.”

Journalist reporting on events and stories that happen in Birmingham. I also work as a journalist at Made in Birmingham.

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