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Colwyn Bay fitness buff tackles 100 mile walk after double kidney transplant

Published date: 25 February 2014 |
Published by: Dean Jones
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A COLWYN Bay fitness instructor who has undergone two kidney transplants is set to embark on a 100 mile charity walk. 

Ninette Thomas, 53, who works at Colwyn Bay Leisure Centre, will walk from Holyhead to the Royal Liverpool Hospital in aid of their new renal unit, which requires £230,000 to fund 17 new dialysis machines. 

The mother-of-three, from Abergele, will begin her journey on March 29, and is expected to complete it in two weeks. 

Having had two transplants at the hospital in 2006 and 2012, Ninette feels a debt of gratitude to everyone associated with the facility . 

She said: “After I had my second transplant I promised everyone at the hospital that I would do something to raise for funds for the unit, and with it being rebuilt this seemed like the perfect opportunity to help. 

“This will go a small way to repaying them and it will also help hundreds of other people in the process. 

“Now I am fully recovered and due to the nature of my profession I spend a great deal of time in the gym anyway, but I have been doing nine mile walks which I hope to build to 12 in the coming weeks.” 

She added: “It has taken a long time to get myself to this stage, and I cannot thank the staff at the Royal Liverpool Hospital enough for the care I received and continue to receive from them.” 

Ninette will be joined by her three children Perry, 24; Jarred , 19 and Rhys, 21, along with friends for some stages of the walk. 

She has already raised £470, and the full amount will be doubled by the Barclay's Charitable Trust once it reaches £500. 

Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/ninette-thomas. 

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