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Nicky Clifford had to be permanently connected to dialysis equipment when she was diagnosed with renal failure in 1991.
But in 1994 she received a kidney transplant that freed her from the machines, and the crippling pain from infections associated with her treatment.
Nicky, of Firthwood Close, Downswood, has been competing for the past 17 years, winning several silver and bronze medals. But this year she won golds for table tennis and a 3km walk at the games, held in Bolton.
She credited Coxheath Running Club, which has a power-walking section, as helping her reach her goals, adding: “Their support made a big difference.”
But she has since found out that she is unlikely to ever be able to thank the loved ones of her donor.
All she knows about her donor is that he was a 35-year-old man who died in a motorbike accident. She wrote his family a thank you letter but recently discovered it never reached them, and that there are no up-to-date contact details for them.
"Then I thought getting a gold would be good enough in memory of my donor. It seems all the more special now, as I know contact is negligible.”
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