Thousands raised in donor challenge

ON THE MOVE Phil Jackson and Stu Vince during the run
ON THE MOVE Phil Jackson and Stu Vince during the run

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THE aim was to get more people signed up to the organ donor register, but in the process two firemen have helped to raise £10,000.

Firefighters Stu Vince and Phil Jackson, of Cosham fire station, took part in a massive fundraising challenge to raise awareness of the organ donor register.

It comes after Stu donated one of his kidneys to family friend Michael Paxman.

Through the Big Donor Challenge, £10,147.60 has been raised.

Money raised will be split between Queen Alexandra Hospital and Southampton General Hospital.

Stu said: ‘I’m over the moon with the amount.

‘The bigger picture has always been to get more donors, but the money will help the renal departments in both hospitals.

‘We’ve had people donate a few pounds, to organising fundraisers and gathering £1,000.

‘It all helps and the support has been great.’

Phil and Stu ran the equivalent of 11 marathons in 11 days from Portsmouth to Penzance, before running and cycling back.

For more information go to thebigdonorchallenge.co.uk