Riders saddle up for brave Abi Longfellow

Tracey Monaghan, Kate Webb, Joanne Longfellow, Abi Longfellow
Tracey Monaghan, Kate Webb, Joanne Longfellow, Abi Longfellow

A group of riders will saddle up to raise awareness of a rare disease which causes the kidneys to fail.

Abi Longfellow, of Robin Hood, was diagnosed with Dense Deposit Disease (DDD) two years ago.

The condition affects one to two people in every million and stops the kidneys from filtering waste from the blood.

Inspired by Abi’s story, Tracey Monaghan from the Darrington Equestrian Centre in Pontefract has organised a seven mile cross country challenge in aid of the DDD/MPGN II support group.

Abi was diagnosed with the disease aged 10 and has had various treatments including blood transfusions and chemotherapy.

She became dependant on hemodialysis and now has dialysis at home for 10 hours every evening.

Two years on Abi, now 12, has returned to school and is also being home tutored.

Mum Joanne said the last two years had been a rollercoaster ride.

She said: “To have no parental control to take your child away from the fear and pain has been tortuous.

“During the whole period Abi has remained determined for normality.”

Dad Andy has worked through the live donor programme and following a clear biopsy, a kidney transplant is scheduled for June.

A group of 14 riders will take part in a sponsored ride around Escrick Park in York on Sunday, March 1.

To make a donation visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving and type MPGN into the donation box.