A HORSE racing legend is urging people to help fight kidney disease on World Kidney Day today.

Richard Pitman, of Letcombe Regis near Wantage, donated one of his own kidneys in 2011 to an unknown donor.

He made his decision after watching a close friend suffer from the disease, which currently has no cure.

Mr Pitman said: “I have already donated a kidney, but I want to continue helping those affected by kidney diseases which is why I became an ambassador for Kidney Research UK.”