A TRAIN dispatcher is going full steam ahead to raise money for vital kidney research.

Rob Seward had one of his kidneys removed shortly after birth.

Over the years he has been raising awareness and donations for Kidney Research UK.

Last year, he managed to complete the Three Peaks Challenge and four half-marathons.

In April, he will be representing the same charity in the Virgin London Marathon.

Rob, 31, from Alresford, said: “This event has always been something I have wanted to complete and to be able to do this and raise awareness of Kidney Research UK is fantastic.

“There are three million people in the UK living with kidney disease right now. One million don’t even know they have it and there is no cure.

“Every day Kidney Research UK grow their understanding of kidney disease to help unlock the answers to tackling this life-limiting condition.

“For decades their development in treatments, better information for patients and raising vital public awareness has been saving lives.”

One of Rob’s kidneys was damaged due to an obstruction and it had to be removed.

However, it does not stop him in his fundraising efforts.

He said: “Having one kidney is not necessarily an issue and you can live a normal life.

“However, having one kidney can also lead to future complications like fatigue, dialysis and transplants.

“At an early stage in my childhood I didn’t know any different, so I grew into routines and different ways to accommodate having one kidney, including diet, sports and regular check-ups.”

After seeing his granddad diagnosed with a form of kidney disease last year, Rob decided to carry out research and further educate himself.

He said: “Kidney Research UK were there when I needed them and hopefully they will be there in the future.

“Every penny goes directly to the amazing work they do.”

To find out more and donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/robseward2020.