A life-saving kidney donor who gave an organ to her husband is holding a big charity party to help other patients – and she is hoping to build on £13,000 already raised by the couple.
Tracey Fisher, aged 43, proved to be a match when her husband Douglas, 47, needed a new kidney when his health deteriorated.
Douglas is now recovered and since his wife’s selfless act the couple have led a fundraising drive and have organised a fun day called the My Little Kidney Bean Bash, being held tomorrow at the Hilltop Sports and Social Club in Dronfield.
So far £13,000 has been collected for the British Kidney Patients Association through activities including last year’s fun day, as well as a sponsored bikeathon.
Tracey, a mum-of-three, said there was no question of her not donating a kidney when it became clear she was a match for Douglas, who works in construction.
“He has a twin brother and we both went for testing – I was the match and his twin wasn’t,” she said. “It didn’t faze me at all – we just got through it.”
Tracey added: “Gradually it became quite obvious that Douglas’s health was deteriorating. He has type 2 diabetes and that then started to affect his kidney. After the operation the improvement has been remarkable. He is in a much better place now.”
The surgery took place three years ago at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. The couple, who live in Dronfield, chose the patients’ association as it focuses on helping other kidney disease patients’ families.
“It’s all about supporting them, taking on holidays and helping with their bills, that kind of thing,” Tracey said.
“I know only too well the devastating effects that having a loved one with serious illness can have on a family, both financially and emotionally.”
Attractions planned for tomorrow include a disco, face painting, dance performances, a raffle, stalls and beauty therapy treatments.
n Entry is free and the event runs from midday to 6pm. Visit www.justgiving.com/Tracey-Fisher10/ to donate.