Wakefield dad’s kidney transplant gift for son

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.

FOR years veteran fundraiser David Collinson has undertaken weird and wonderful tasks to support charities.

But now the pensioner is supporting a cause closer to home as he prepares to donate one of his kidneys to his only son Anthony.

And at 72 Mr Collinson could be one of the city’s oldest people to donate an organ.

His son Anthony, 41, has polycystic kidneys disease and has had to start dialysis this year.

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

He was told his kidneys were working at 45 per cent of their capacity, but that has now dropped to only two per cent and he is in need of a transplant.

Mr Collinson of Woodmoor Rise, Crigglestone, said: “At first I thought I might be too old, but the cut-off point for a transplant is 75.

“It feels brilliant that I can help in this way and I am looking forward to it.

“It has been challenging for Anthony, but he has coped with it all really well.

“When he was two they said he would never walk, talk or amount to much but how wrong can they be?”

Anthony, who also has learning difficulties, enjoys swimming and going to the Total Fitness gym, where his dad takes part in zumbathon, body pump and step aerobic classes.

The sporty family is to support the Yorkshire Kidney Research once again with a zumbathon event at the gym on Dewsbury Road.

Previously Mr Collinson snr , has previously done a 31-and-a-half mile roller coaster ride for Wakefield Hospice and got classmates at his gym to complete a dance routine to Michaal Jackson’s Thriller to raise money for Yorkshire Kidney Research.

People can donate money to take part in three 40-minute sessions from noon on Saturday, June 9.

Or to sponsor Mr Collinson visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/davidcollinson1