DIAGNOSED with kidney failure 17 years ago, Maureen Hendon never thought she would feel as well as she does now.

But four kidney transplants later and Ms Hendon, from Malpas in Newport, is set to take on the challenge of riding across seven transporter bridges to raise money for Kidney Wales Foundation.

Ms Hendon's partner, Robert Reese will be riding his BMW motorbike and Ms Hendon will be on the back.

Setting off from Newport's Transporter Bridge on April 4, the couple will ride up to the transporter bridges in Warrington and Middlesbrough.

Ms Hendon, 49, and Mr Reese, 52, will then catch the ferry to Amsterdam and travel to Germany to ride across the bridges in Rendsburg and Osten before going to France's Rochefort bridge.

The final stop of the 2,000 mile trip will be the bridge in Bilbao, Spain.

Ms Hendon said she expects the trip to take about ten days and wants to raise as much money as possible.

"I've been a kidney patient for such a long time and I've realised that much more research is needed which needs the money to be funded," she said.

They will be taking information about organ donation with them on the trip to give out to people and to promote the charity.

Ms Hendon is looking for companies to sponsor the trip.

Anyone who can help or who wants to donate, should see www.justgiving.com/r-mbiketour