A few BAKPA committee members met up with Barry Jacobs and other Defenders 4 Kidneys team members at Southmead Hospital on Monday 25th June, on Day 3 of their journey.
Barry had a kidney transplant 8 ½ years ago, and wanted to raise money for Kidney Research UK with this tour around UK in Land Rover Defenders.
In Barry’s words:
“I will be leading a small convoy of Land Rover Defenders around the 26 Renal Transplant Centres of the UK. We will visit both mainstream and children’s hospitals as well as other locations. This will help Kidney Research UK in their objective of improving Patient Engagement at these Centres.
We will also meet the researchers and scientists and witness first-hand some of the amazing work being undertaken. Kidney Research UK need more funds to continue and expand their research program to speed up the effort to find cures”.
The challenge took place for two weeks between 23rd June and 8th July 2018. The route followed as many Green Lanes as possible, avoiding major roads and motorways. The kidney shaped route took them around the UK, covering about 2500 miles over all types of terrain.