A KENDAL man has completed the Three Peaks Challenge as part of a wider fundraising effort to get his partner a kidney transplant.

Eddie Meek finished the course, which involved ascending Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in the same day, in 21 hours and 59 minutes. He was transported between the peaks on the back of friend James Howson's motorcycle.

Mr Meek, 38, was raising money so that his partner, Jade Rye, 26, can get a kidney transplant privately.

However, the couple are dissatisfied with the treatment she has received on the NHS.

"We have just been thrown around from one person to the next," said Mr Meek. "We feel as though we can't rely on the NHS to make a 26 year-old better."

In 2011 Miss Rye was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSG), a disease which causes scarring of the kidneys.

In 2015 both of her kidneys failed and she began dialysis. Luckily, her mum Hayley was a donor match and Miss Rye received a new kidney in August of that year.

However, in January 2017 she became seriously ill with sepsis of the blood, which led over the next two ears to the failure of her transplant. Miss Rye said that dialysis had had a huge impact on her body and was affecting her heart. She added that she needed a transplant before her heart became worse and she was no longer fit for surgery.

A variety of people and organisations have already donated to her cause, including Windermere Lake Cruises and Aphrodites Spa Boutique Lake Hotel.

There will be other events in the future to try and raise the necessary funds.

To read more about Jade's story and donate visit www.gofundme.com/jades-kidney-transplant.