A PHARMACY manager has been “inspired” to cycle 838 miles for charity after hearing the stories of brave customers who have undergone kidney transplants.
Sheena Daniels, who works at M and A Weinrock Pharmacy on Green Lane, Vicars Cross, has given herself three weeks to tackle the arduous Lands End to John O’Groats route from July 20.
The fifty-two year-old is taking on the challenge in aid of Mersey Kidney First, a charity which funds research into kidney, bladder and urinary tract diseases at the Royal Liverpool Hospital.
Sheena said one of her customers, Lesley Sheills, “inspired” her to take on the challenge.
She said: “We have a lot of people come in who have had kidney transplants and I’ve just been inspired by them. They are a group of people who are all so positive despite having a lot to deal with.
“Lesley first told me about the charity and I wanted to do something to raise funds.
“I do a lot of cycling, I cycle to work from my home in West Kirby, but I’ve never done something on this scale with camping equipment and so on.
“All the staff at the pharmacy are very proud I’m taking this challenge on and the customers have been really supportive and generous in their donations.”
Lesley, who lives near the pharmacy in Vicars Cross, has been raising money for the charity for 30 years through another group, Chester Kidney Fundraisers.
The group has raised more than £100,000 for kidney research at the Liverpool Royal in that time.
Lesley, 55, had a kidney transplant 16 years ago after suffering with kidney problems from the age of two. She said: “I had to be on dialysis for three years before I got my kidney. I was on a restricted diet because you can’t take in too many fluids or too much potassium.
“I got my kidney three years ago and it is great because I don’t have to worry about what I’m eating as much any more.
“I really love having big mugs of tea and I couldn’t have those before.
“I still have to take the rejection drugs for a lifetime which is why the research is going on. I met Sheena at the pharmacy when I was getting prescriptions and it was her idea to do this bike-ride for us. I’m really happy she is doing it and I’ve wished her all the best.”
Sheena has so far raised about £600 for the charity but hopes to reach £1,000. To sponsor her, visit the pharmacy.