A couple are trekking Machu Picchu in order to raise funds for Kidney Research after their daughter was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.
Ronnie Byrne, 49, and his wife Ailish Byrne, 47, will be setting off on their challenge on July 24 and must raise £4,000 each for the charity by May.
The couple, of Rodell Road in Northolt, have so far raised £5,645 between them.
Mr Byrne, a premises manager at Northolt's Belvue School, said: “The reason we decided to go for Kidney Research is because our daughter was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease three years ago (April 2012).
“That means her kidneys are down to 27% [functionality]. They will eventually fail and she will need dialysis and a transplant. Once it drops below 24% you go on dialysis.”
The Byrnes’ eldest daughter, Danielle Gill, is 29 and a mother of two boys, Jake, four, and two-year-old Harry.
Mr Byrne added: “We have been training pretty hard for the last six weeks. We are doing weekend walks around the hills, we have been going to Northala Fields with the dog and trying to build it up.
“We have done a multitude of events including a charity walk, bingo nights, car boot sales, music nights and finally I did a 100-mile cycle on Sunday (March 29) from Leamington Spa to London to raise funds. The bike ride was sponsored by ‘The Wilton Group’ whose director Tony Flanagan is a good friend of mine.”
Of the total the couple needs to raise, £2,500 is for the charity and the rest is to fund their trek.
To sponsor them, go to www.kidneyresearchuk.org/get-involved/events/ailron.