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Team Bullys running for the Children’s Kidney Centre

Victoria Bullimore who’s son George was born with a duplex kidney and now she runs to raise money for Kidney Wales with a team from her restaurant.

A mother from Cardiff whose unborn child was diagnosed with kidney problems is pounding the pavement for the charity that supported them.

Victoria Bullimore, 37, who owns Bully’s restaurant in Pontcanna with her husband Russell, found out that her unborn child had a double kidney at her 20-week scan.

At birth, George’s left kidney was twice the size it should have been. Then at 10 days old, he was taken into surgery at the University Hospital of Wales for an operation to remove a cyst on his bladder.

Despite his rocky start George, now aged three, is living a relatively normal life and his duplex kidney has shrunk considerably – despite only having roughly five per cent functionality.

Because of his young age, doctors are reluctant to remove the faulty kidney unless George is struck by infection and is currently on a daily dose of antibiotics to prevent this.

Now Victoria is hoping to show her gratitude to Kidney Wales for all their support by taking on the Cardiff 10K in the charity’s name. She and her team of six from Bully’s are getting set to compete in the Corporate Team Challenge at the race, being held on September 7.

Victoria said: “We have a real team spirit here at Bully’s and I’m so grateful that the team want to run beside me and support such a great Welsh cause that makes such a difference to families like mine. I think it’s important for local businesses to support local charities and I’m glad Bully’s has started doing that. We run for George, to raise money for others like him and to have a lot of fun at the same time.

“It is so positive to watch people who have suffered with kidney problems succeed in running the Cardiff 10K in aid of those who are yet to overcome their illness. Whatever cause people decide to run for, the atmosphere last year was incredible and I recommend people sign up this year to experience it.”

Last year’s Cardiff 10K saw almost 4,000 runners take part which raised a record sum for Kidney Wales, funding a state-of-the-art dialysis machine at the Children’s Kidney Centre at the University Hospital of Wales.