Riders saddle up to tackle kidney disease

Tracey Monaghan, Kate Webb, Joanne Longfellow, Abi Longfellow
Tracey Monaghan, Kate Webb, Joanne Longfellow, Abi Longfellow

A group of riders will saddle up to raise awareness of a rare disease which causes the kidneys to fail.

Members of Darrington Equestrian Centre, at West End Farm, will ride across seven miles of cross country terrain this weekend in aid of the DDD/MPGN II support group.

Organiser Tracey Monaghan has pledged to raise awareness of Dense Deposit Disease (DDD) after her colleagues’ niece Abi Longfellow was diagnosed with the disease in 2013.

The disease affects one to two people in every million and stops the kidneys from filtering waste from the blood.

Abi, of Robin Hood, near Wakefield, has battled the condition for two years, which her mum Joanne Longfellow said had been a rollercoaster ride.

She said: “To have no parental control to take your child away from the fear and pain has been tortuous.

“During the whole period Abi has remained determined for normality.”

A group of 14 riders will take part in a sponsored ride around Escrick Park in York on Sunday, March 1. To make a donation visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving and type MPGN into the donation box.