Amlwch woman pledges kidney to old school friend

Published date: 24 April 2014 |
Published by: Tomos Hughes
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Anita Hughes (left) will receive a kidney from old school friend Miriam Sanders (right). 

Richard Martin Jones and Luigi Baccerini take a well-earned break from their 900-mile cycle journey to visit the Belgium War Memorials. 

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AN AMLWCH woman has come to the aid of her old school friend by pledging to donate one of her kidneys.

Miriam Sanders, aged 46, who runs the King’s Head pub in Amlwch has offered the organ to friend Anita Hughes, also aged 46, who has suffered from diabetes since the age 17 and currently undergoes dialysis three times a week.

The pair had recently regained contact through Facebook, after they had been friends as Ysgol Syr Thomas Owen, Amlwch during the 1980s.

Miriam, who is a regular fundraiser for Hospice at Home in Amlwch, was first alerted to Anita’s needs when her mother, Ann, posted an appeal on the social networking website for a kidney donor for her daughter.

Miriam said: “Anita is so weak that she needed a live donor. I just bit the bullet and went for a blood test, and they all came back positive. I messaged her on Facebook to tell her and she just said, ‘oh my god!”

“It’s not nice for Ann to see her daughter so ill. I’m just trying to help to make both their lives a bit better.”

Doctors are hoping that the transplant procedure can take place in June.

After the procedure is complete, Anita, will also need a new liver and pancreas in the near future.

Inspired by her friend’s illness, Miriam also decided to arrange a series of activities to raise money for the Ysbyty Gwynedd Kidney Patient’s Association.

Her friends, Luigi Baccerini, of Bangor and Richard Martin Jones, of Amlwch, last week got on their bicycles to take on a 900-mile journey spanning Europe to raise money for the cause.

The pair pedalled their way to Manchester Airport, before arriving at Geneva, Switzerland, where they cycled across Germany, France, visited World War One battlefields of Belgium, before arriving at Numansorp, in the Netherlands.

So far the pair have raised £260 for the cause.

Miriam Sanders said: “This time, they decided to cycle from Switzerland to Holland. Nothing surprises me about them any more!”

“They are amazing, and they’re not getting the recognition they deserve.”

A bit closer to home, Miriam also organised a 24-hour pool marathon at the King’s in Amlwch last weekend.

Merddyn Williams and Michael Christopher, who stayed for the entire event, were joined by a number of locals as they fitted in 253 frames, eventually raising £327.

On Sunday, a fishing competition raised a further £200 for good causes.

Miriam would like to thank Terrence Thomas of Talboy’s Tackle and Damian Greenhalgh for their help.

To donate money towards Miriam’s cause, visit http://www.gofundme.com/7x2d7w.

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