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Hadrian's Wall challenge to highlight organ donation

Hadrian's Wall challenge to highlight organ donation

Published at 8:13am 21st July 2016. (Updated at 2:48pm 21st July 2016)

A Harrogate man, who underwent a potentially life-saving double organ transplant, is setting off on a gruelling six-day walk.

Mark Smith is walking the 84-mile length of Hadrian's Wall for the British Kidney Patient Association.

He suffered from diabetes when he was younger, becoming severely ill and requiring a new kidney and a pancreas.

Mark said: "It's quite a challenge when you're fit and well anyway, but to do it when you do have a transplant, and a double transplant in my case, I think is notable.

"Hopefully it'll make people aware about kidney disease and the effect it has on people and about signing that organ donor register.

"There's only a third of the population that is on that register, so it's very, very important."

As part of the walk, he's set to walk alongside the mother of the man whose organs transformed his life.

You can find out how to sponsor Mark here.

Mark's itinerary:

Day 1: Bowness to Carlisle - 14 miles

Day 2: Carlisle to Banks - 14.5 miles

Day 3: Banks to Housesteads - 16.5 miles

Day 4: Housesteads to Port Gate - 14 miles

Day 5: Port Gate to Newburn - 14 miles

Day 6: Newburn to Wallsend - 11 miles

Pictured: Mark as a winner of the Bravery Award at 2016's Stray FM Local Hero Awards