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Sep 20, 2021
Man born with four kidneys tackles 1,000 mile walk across the UK for charity Tom Goodwin, 33, is walking to raise money for Kidney Research UK after being born with four kidneys Get the day's biggest stories sent direct to your inbox so you never miss a thing Invalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later. Click here We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A man who was born with four kidneys is walking 1,000 miles across the UK for 50 days to raise money for a kidney research charity. Tom Goodwin, 33, has a rare condition called bilateral duplex kidneys which means he was born with four kidneys - a condition that about one in 6,000 people in the UK have When he was 10 months old he was having fits and was taken to hospital where it was discovered that he had four kidneys. One of his kidneys was removed at a hospital in Bristol and he has been healthy since and has three functioning kidneys. Tom told Manchester Evening News: "Whenever I tell people I was born with four kidneys I always get the same sensational reaction. "I decided to walk 1,000 miles across the UK to raise awareness for Kidney Research UK. "Charities over the last 18 months have lost about 50 per cent of their fundraising. Events like the London Marathon and the Great North Run have been cancelled. "Shops have been cancelled. Many of these charities have struggled to be viable and made redundancies. "I have always known I wanted to do something for kidney research and when I contacted the charity they had lost about £3 million as a result of Covid-19. Tom stopped off at Manchester Cathedral, where his great-grandfather is commemorated (Image: Tom Goodwin) "Life-saving research for kidney diseases has been slowed down or cancelled. My own personal challenge was to raise as much as possible which is why I set my target to £10,000." Tom's walk will finish at John O'Groats. He decided to stop off in Manchester on the 15th September as he has ancestry here and loves the city. While here, he visited the University of Manchester to speak to researcher Professor Rachel Lennon, who is investigating treatments for the kidney disease Alport syndrome with her team. Professor Lennon said: "It was a real pleasure to meet Tom on his way to John O’Groats. Alongside the considerable physical challenge of walking 1,000 miles, he is determined to raise awareness about kidney disease. "This affects at least 1 in 10 people and whilst there have been some advances in treatments for kidney disease, there is still so much to learn. "To make breakthroughs we desperately need further funding for research and so it is fantastic that Tom is also fundraising for Kidney Research UK." Tom at Manchester University with some of the team (Image: Tom Goodwin) Tom said: "The reason I wanted to visit Manchester University is because there is some ground-breaking stuff happening. "Her work is potentially going to result in not only academic achievement but also medical treatment, funded properly. "Fifteen per cent of people will experience some form of kidney condition in their lifetime. "If Manchester has a population of 3.2 million in the urban area that is 400,000 people." Tom added that it is very difficult to raise awareness of kidney diseases and very few people know you can be born with an extra one. Since his treatment in the NHS he has been healthy, ran marathons and travelled across the world. He said the walk is a chance to give back to a charity that has been supporting research in renal health care for the last 50 years. The kidney condition directly affected him and his family's life, and it is a subject people do not tend to talk about. During his walk, the more people he speaks to, the more often he finds others affected by kidney diseases personally or in their families. Tom said: "I am very conscious that the money I am raising and the awareness I am building will directly benefit the generations that come after." You can follow Tom's walk via his Instagram Kidney Tom UK and donate to his fundraiser here. Find out more about Kidney Research UK and the work they do here .