TWO work colleagues, one who donated a kidney to the other, have handed over a cheque for £2,000 to Northampton General Hospital.
Andy Sheppard, 49, from Daventry donated one of his kidneys to his friend of more than 20 years Paul Hornberger, 52, also from Daventry.
Mr Sheppard said: “In April of last year Paul was diagnosed with double kidney failure and admitted to Northampton General Hospital and, after treatment, went on dialysis three times a week.
“As a friend I thought asked myself what I could do to help. When Paul came out of hospital and had some leaflets about how friends as well as family could get tested, I decided to see if I was compatible We went to a talk at Leicester General Hospital last May and the professor explained the process and that was when I decided to go for it.
“I then went through a strict medical process between June and October where I had a full medical and follow up tests to make sure I was in a very healthy condition to donate.
“I got the go ahead on October 24 and the operation was on October 27.”
Following on from the successful transplant the pair, who both work at Ford in the town and are members of its charity committee, organised a fundraising night in aid of the renal centre at Northampton General Hospital.
The event, on September 21 at Daventry Working Men’s Club, included a disco, a cabaret show from Ford employees and performances from local musicians and dance groups.
The night raised £2,000 which, on Friday last week – just over a year from the original operation – Ford’s Charity Committee presented to the Northampton Kidney Association, which supports Northampton General’s kidney centre.