£7,400 raised and 420 people signed up to be an organ donor, and they are just getting started.

Mark and Rachel Camidge. Photo: Mark Camidge

Mark and Rachel Camidge. Photo: Mark Camidge - Credit: Mark Camidge

An architect, an air traffic controller and an IT manager are rafting more than 30km down the Zambezi River in the name of charity.

Mark Camidge who is white water rafting down the Zambezi River for Kidney Reseach UK. Photo: Mark Ca

Mark Camidge who is white water rafting down the Zambezi River for Kidney Reseach UK. Photo: Mark Camidge - Credit: Mark Camidge

When his wife went into final stage renal failure three years ago, Mark Camidge knew he wanted to do something for Kidney Research UK. What better way than white water rafting through Zambia and Zimbabwe, along some of the biggest and fastest waters with the highest concentration of white water rapids in the world.

Mr Camidge said: 'We want to raise awareness of kidney disease and the amazing work that Kidney Research UK do for those who suffer from this incurable illness.

'We know first hand the devastating effect this disease has on peoples lives. Not only their own, but also the people around them.'

In the UK more than 5,000 people are in need of a kidney transplant with only 3,342 taking place each year, five people a week will die whilst on the transplant register.

Mr Camidge's Wife, Rachel was on the transplant list whilst preparations were under way for the trip to South Africa, however that all changed this year on August 3.

'At 3am we got the call all transplant patients dream of and just after 4.15am we were at Addenbrookes in Cambridge awaiting a donor kidney. We got the go ahead at 1pm and within 20 minutes Rachel was in theatre having a kidney transplant. Six days later she was home and so far all looks good.

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'The desire to raise money and get more donor registered people is even more important to me as they have literally saved my wife's life.'

The group funded the trip themselves so that every penny raised goes to the charity.

Mr Camidge added: 'Any donation you can make will all help this great cause. If you can't donate, please take 2 minute and do something for free, register online to become an Organ Donor to help others have the gift of life in the event of your death. That in its self is an amazing gift.'

Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-to-donate/register-your-details/

To donate visit - www.justgiving.com/fundraising/zambezi-18 or to bid on the silent auction visit - www.32auctions.com/zambezi-18

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