Race for Daulton, 4

(l-r) Helen Elstub, Emma Moore, Lisa Hughes, Debbie Hatton, Karen Greathead, Barbara Earnshaw, Tracey Winter, Joe Humphreys, Georgina Rhodes, Lesley Rumney, Kirsty Egan and Daulton McCarthy, 4, all pretend to run after completing the a 10k race in Hull to raise money for a kidney transplant for Daulton. Picture: Andrew Roe
(l-r) Helen Elstub, Emma Moore, Lisa Hughes, Debbie Hatton, Karen Greathead, Barbara Earnshaw, Tracey Winter, Joe Humphreys, Georgina Rhodes, Lesley Rumney, Kirsty Egan and Daulton McCarthy, 4, all pretend to run after completing the a 10k race in Hull to raise money for a kidney transplant for Daulton. Picture: Andrew Roe

THE family and friends of a little boy bravely battling kidney problems have run in a long-distance race to raise money for the hospital which has “saved his life”.

Daulton McCarthy has had problems with his kidneys right from birth.

And now at the age of four the little fighter is continuing to battle against his daily struggles with the help from the Nottingham Renal and Transplant Unit at the Queens Medical Centre Dialysis Unit.

Daulton, a Kirton Lane Primary School pupil, has had a number of operations and tests to help him fight kidney failure.

In the long-run Daulton is likely to have to undergo a kidney transplant.

And to thank the hospital for all they have done so far for the Stainforth youngster and to help towards buying life-saving equipment in future, his mum Kirsty Egan, family and friends all decided to don their running shoes and take part in the 10k race in Hull at the weekend to raise money.

The group of fantastic fundraisers were already part of a running group which meets at The Harvester pub in Thorne Road to train.

And they are still collecting money following the run which proud mum Kirsty expects them to have brought in around £1,500 for the unit.

The 29-year-old, from Breeze Mount Court, Stainforth, finished her race in an impressive one hour and 17 minutes.

She said: “The consultants at the hospital and staff there have been brilliant with Daulton, they’ve helped save his life, if it weren’t for the hospital he wouldn’t be here.

“The day of the race was absolutely fantastic, everyone of us finished and the atmosphere was really good.

“Daulton was there watching and cheering us on too, he really enjoyed himself.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support Daulton’s had for this fundraiser, we’ve had a £100 donation from someone, £150 from subs from people at the running club and after the race we all went back to The Harvester and raised another £300.”

And despite Daulton’s constant fight the blonde battler is still managing to keep Kirsty and 39-year-old partner Nigel McCarthy, Daulton’s father, firmly on their toes.

“He runs around and enjoys life like any other child, he’s doing really well to say what he has been through,” added Kirsty.

“We can’t thank the hospital enough and everybody who has donated.”