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Kidney transplant patient turned athlete goes for European gold after help from local business

By David Prior at

An Altrincham athlete has raised enough money to compete at the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships after support from a local law firm.

Sam Clarke, who was born with a genetic kidney disease and had a transplant in 2003 at the age of 11, has been training at Altrincham Athletics Club in Timperley under coach John Snape.

And now, after financial support from McHale & Co who were put in touch with Sam by local charity The Sport Community, the 23-year-old will represent Great Britain at this month’s championships in Finland.

Sam (right) with The Sport Community's Dom McGuinness (left), Andrew McHale and five of the young athletes at Altrincham Athletics Club

Sam (right) with The Sport Community’s Dom McGuinness (left), Andrew McHale and five of the club’s young athletes

He will compete in the discus event and is also part of the British relay team.

Sam, who works at Pure Gym in Altrincham, has been training up to five times a week despite having to take 13 medications a day.

A team of 12 solicitors from McHale & Co ran the Manchester 10k and scaled the Three Peaks Challenge to help raise funds for Sam.

Sam Clarke (left) with Altrincham Athletics Club coach John Snape

Sam Clarke (left) with Altrincham Athletics Club coach John Snape

Andrew McHale, partner at McHale & Co, said: “I regularly see Sam working hard in all weathers at Altrincham Athletics Club and it’s obvious he has a great determination to succeed.

“We jumped at the chance to help Sam get the funding he needed and we wish him all the best for Finland.”