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GWENT walkers raised £30,000 over the last four years for a Welsh kidney charity.

By Alison Sanders South Wales Argus

GWENT walkers raised £30,000 over the last four years for a Welsh kidney charity.

The annual Walk for Life see walks taking place across Wales on the same day to raise money for Kidney Wales Foundation and this event alone has raised £30,000 for the charity in Gwent during that period.

All the money raised from the appeal goes to supporting kidney patients and their families in Wales.

More than 100 walks will take place across Wales this year with nine happening in Gwent on Sunday, March 27.

Andrew Woolfall, who had a kidney transplant last month after suffering kidney failure for 11 years, has helped organise the Walk for Life along the Pontypool Canal.

This two mile walk starts at 10am from Pontypool leisure centre.

In Blackwood, a Walk for Life will start at 2pm at the country park car park near the Full Moon roundabout.

A Walk for Life will start from the Co-op car park in Monmouth at 2pm and will also include a litter pick.

Tredegar will host a Walk for Life from Bryn Bach Park at 2pm and in Undy the Walk for Life will start from the community centre car park at 11am.

The Usk Walk for Life will start at 10.30am from the Sessions House.

Walks have also been organised by some Gwent branches of Specsavers.

These will start at 11am from the Specsavers stores in Abergavenny, Cwmbran and Ebbw Vale.

A week later, a Walk for Life will be held in Newport in memory of four-year-old Leo Jones who died almost a year ago after battling kidney failure since birth.

The walk will start from the Newport Centre at 11am on Saturday, April 2 and has been organised by the Ringland toddler's mum Katherine Whatley.

To find out more information about the walks and how to take part, call Kidney Wales Foundation on 02920 343940 or see www.kidneywales.com

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