Father is son’s perfect donor

Picture of Dave Collinson, 72, with his son Anthony, 41, as Dave is going to give his son one of his kidneys and is raising awareness about transplants.

Picture of Dave Collinson, 72, with his son Anthony, 41, as Dave is going to give his son one of his kidneys and is raising awareness about transplants.

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A VETERAN fundraiser could become one of the city’s oldest organ donors.

David Collinson, who has undertaken weird and wonderful tasks to support charities, is to donate one of his kidneys to his son Anthony.

After months of tests, the 72-year-old was told by doctors this week that he is a “perfect” match and will be going under the knife later this year.

Anthony, 41, has polycystic kidneys disease and has had to start dialysis this year as his kidneys are only working at two per cent of their capacity.

David, of Woodmoor Rise, Crigglestone said: “It is fantastic news and I am over the moon.

“They just need to make sure I am fit enough to cope with the operation, but the nurse said she has no doubt that I will be fine.”

Anthony, who also has learning difficulties, was diagnosed with the condition at the age of 21, after a routine hospital trip to have his wisdom teeth removed.

The pair both keep fit by attending Total Fitness gym, where they held a sponsored zumbathon event on Saturday.

Around 55 people took part in three 40-minute sessions to raise money for the Yorkshire Kidney Research.

They raised more than £1,000 for the charity, which they previously supported with a dance routine to Michaal Jackson’s Thriller.

Mr Collinson snr has also done a 31-and-a-half mile roller coaster ride for Wakefield Hospice.