Daredevil mum ready to plummet thousands of feet to raise thousands of pounds!

Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.2.13. Kirkintilloch.  Suzanne Hunter doing skydive for Kidney Research.  She has kidney disease. With Suzanne with her 6 year old son Sean.
Photograph Jamie Forbes 7.2.13. Kirkintilloch. Suzanne Hunter doing skydive for Kidney Research. She has kidney disease. With Suzanne with her 6 year old son Sean.

A CARING mum whose family suffers from a rare kidney condition is preparing to take the plunge in a daredevil charity fundraiser.

Suzanne Hunter (27) has polycystic kidney disease, an illness which causes the kidneys to become enlarged and potentially fail.

Her five-year-old son, Sean, also has the condition, as well as her mum and grandfather.

Suzanne, from Kirkintilloch, has suffered from infections, burst cysts and severe kidney stones.

But thankfully, despite her kidneys swelling to double their normal size, they still function normally.

However, Suzanne lives with the constant fear that the condition could worsen, leading to dialysis and eventually a kidney transplant - an operation which could only be done if a suitable donor was found.

The mum, who works at Aviva in Bishopbriggs, helps to organise fundraising events for Kidney Research UK and will be reaching new heights in her latest challenge.

Suzanne will be doing a skydive from 10,000ft with her boyfriend, Stuart Anderson (38), in the next couple of months.

She said: “I’ve always wanted to do it. So I thought why not and raise money at the same time?

“I’m very nervous, but Stuart is looking forward to it.

“I want the money to be split between Kidney Research and the renal department at Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, as my wee boy attends there.

“Sean has the gene for polycystic kidney disease and will develop symptoms when he is older.

“Whenever I have free time I normally give the fundraising manager a call and ask if they are looking for anyone to help.”

Suzanne is also supporting the campaign asking people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register.

She added: “When you die you don’t need your organs. You could save several lives just by doing one small thing.”

Suzanne plans to do the skydive from the Strathallan Airfield at the end of April.

You can sponsor her by visiting www.justgiving.com/Suzanne-Hunter1

For more information about the NHSOrgan Donor Register visit: www.organdonationscotland.org

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