FORFAR hairdresser Naomi Watson has raised over £3300 for Tayside kidney patients in a 37-mile bike run she completed ahead of her own transplant operation.
She (42) is waiting to undergo a kidney transplant operation this year in Edinburgh with a kidney donated by her mother Carol Watson.
Naomi has a condition which means her kidneys are only functioning at a very small percentage of their full capacity.
Keen cyclists Naomi, partner Ewan and her friends Morna Saddler and Jane Cooper completed the gruelling journey from Forfar to Glen Clova and back towards the end of last year to raise money for Tayside kidney patients.
Pupils at her son Jackson’s school, Whitehills Primary, gave them a send off and also decided to donate £500 raised at their Christmas concerts to the charity.
It took the four cyclists just over four hours to succeed in completing their challenge and they managed to raise £3,327.50 with the support of the school, family, friends and clients of Mode hairdressers, where Naomi works.
Naomi said: “I was determined to do something to help people with a similar condition to myself before I underwent my transplant operation, which I am due to have in the next few months.
“I was diagnosed four years ago and have been really wanting to do all I can to help people with kidney complaints, raise awareness of organ donation and encourage people to sign up to the Organ Donor Register.
“I would like to thank all the people who made donations - their generosity is overwhelming. And also a special thank you to my incredible mother Carol who is doing such an amazing thing for me, she is giving me the gift of life.”