South Shields dad thanks charity after son’s life was saved by strangers

Kyle Gray hands a cheque for the money he raised doing the Great North Run over to Yvonne Gray of Liver North.
Kyle Gray hands a cheque for the money he raised doing the Great North Run over to Yvonne Gray of Liver North.
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A grateful dad has raised almost £1,200 for charity after his son’s life was saved three times by strangers.

Kenny Grey took part in this year’s Great North Run in honour of his son Kyle, 27.

Kenny Gray did the GNR for his son Kyle Gray, who has had three liver transplants.

Kenny Gray did the GNR for his son Kyle Gray, who has had three liver transplants.

Kyle was just three when he contracted hepatitis after he jumped in a puddle and the contaminated water damaged his liver so badly he needed a transplant.

The first organ didn’t take and – 10 days later he needed another, which lasted him until September last year when he became sick and needed a third donor organ.

Mr Gray, 49, from Cleadon Park, South Shields, along with his sister Amanda Forrest, 46, and her son Anthony, 27, completed the 13.1-mile half marathon and handed a cheque over to Liver North – an adult liver patient support group based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

Mr Gray said: “We are over the moon with how much we raised. I managed the run in two hours 28 minutes, which I was really pleased with because I thought I’d be well over four hours.

“I know the charity was very grateful when we handed over the cheque. We just wanted to be able to do something for charity to sort of say thank you for all of the help Kyle has had over the years.”

The family has just found out Kyle, and his fiancée Claire Peel – who he’s getting married to in August – are expecting a baby boy in April. The news has come as a huge surprise as Kyle was told he wouldn’t be able to have children due to his condition.

Mr Gray said: “We were told Kyle probably wouldn’t be able to have children when he was younger, so now that he’s expecting his first son, we couldn’t be happier, we can’t believe it.

“It’s been wonderful news and we’re all buzzing. We have a lot to look forward to next year.”