Dad’s kidney fundraiser for 34-year-old son and charity

David Godfrey and Linda Scott EMN-140623-130904001
David Godfrey and Linda Scott EMN-140623-130904001

A father is organising a night of entertainment at Wragby Town Hall to help support his son as well as raise the profile of the National Kidney Foundation.

Last May, Paul Godfrey, 34, of Bardney, had too much fluid in his chest and was told his kidneys were failing. Despite several operations, he has since had to go to Lincoln’s renal unit for three 4.5 hour dialysis sessions every week.

“It just changed my life totally. I can’t work again. I will have to do dialysis for the rest of my life,” he said.

Paul’s kidney troubles caused other problems too.

“I have a bad heart. They do not think I am fit enough for a transplant. I will just have to crack on with life as best I can.”

Paul says kidney-related problems do not have the profile of others and he is heartened to see his father David stage the event for the National Kidney Foundation.

“If it was cancer, it would be a different story. I have read over 1 million people in this country have renal failure but they just don’t know, but it’s getting more and more and people are getting younger too.”

His father David Godfrey, who sings as David St Paul, says though the Wragby event is for charity, it is also their way to show support for Paul.

David, has been a professional and semi pro-vocalist for more than 40 years, having worked all over the UK, Greece and America.

He has enlisted many acts, many of them friends, for the fundraiser of Friday September 14.

Among them Lightning Duo, which includes Noel Utting (also known as Lincoln-based entertainment agent Noel Gee); Metheringham female Vocalist Sharna and Kenny Simons, a male vocalist from Ruskington.

Paul’s stepmum Linda Scott is also helping organise the event.

“The National Kidney Foundation has been brilliant for Paul and his young family. It’s not about Paul, the event is about raising funds for the kidney foundation and making people aware of what it is. We are so appreciative of what they have done but they don’t get the support. Without their help, I don’t know where we would be.”