Dad’s transplant gift to his son

David Collinson with his son Anthony
David Collinson with his son Anthony

A veteran fundraiser has become one of the city’s oldest organ donors after going under the knife at the age of 73 to save his son.

David Collinson, of Crigglestone, says he feels “great” days after having his kidney removed at St James’s Hospital, in Leeds.

And the dad, who has undertaken weird and wonderful tasks over the years to support various charities, went through the ordeal for his 42-year-old son Anthony.

Anthony has polycystic kidneys disease and had to start dialysis last year as his kidneys were only working at two per cent of their capacity.

David, of Woodmoor Rise, said: “I feel great. I don’t feel any different.

“I feel like I have helped him to live a full life again and he can eat and drink what he couldn’t before.

“To see him looking well and makes it all worthwhile.

“The only thing is I have been told is to hold off going to zumba and the gym for six weeks.”

Mr Collinson Snr found out last summer that he was a “perfect” match for his son, meaning Anthony did not have to go on an increasingly long waiting list.

Anthony, who 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 last summer to raise more than £1,000 for the Yorkshire Kidney Research. David has also done a dance routine to Michaal Jackson’s Thriller and a 31-and-a-half mile roller coaster ride.