Big Donor Challenge aims to get more on register

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WICKHAM Square will play host to an awareness day to get more people signed on to the organ donor register.

Businesses and organisations in the square will be promoting donor awareness tomorrow, which is World Kidney Day.

Retailers will have information on organ donation and on The Big Donor Challenge, in which two firefighters will be running the equivalent of 11 marathons in 11 days from Portsmouth to Land’s End.

Afterwards firefighter Phil Jackson, of Cosham fire station, and watch manager Stuart Vince, will row back from Penzance to Gunwharf Quays.

As reported in The News, Stuart donated one of his kidneys to lifelong friend Michael Paxman.

The 20-year-old of Soberton said Stuart saved his life with the donation.

His mother Lorraine is the owner of health and beauty salon Driftaway, and has encouraged other businesses to take part.

Each retailer will display information on the challenge and how to become a donor.

A raffle is also being held to help raise £20,000, which will be split between two hospitals in Portsmouth and Southampton.

Prizes include wine, beauty vouchers and hairstyling vouchers.

To find out more visit thebigdonorchallenge.co.uk.