Thank You to Millie-Mae’s Fundaising Team


Ally Sherrington presented the Fundraising Team of Millie-Mae, Amee Burgess, Mark Greenwood, Lee Alcock, Beverley Knight, Sharon McDonald a gift for all their efforts last year in raising funds for Kidneys for Life and Bridgewater Primary School.

Over £17k was raised last year £4,668.08 by Bridgewater Primary School and £12,567.00 by the team. GIVING A GRAND TOTAL OF £17,235.08 which is being split 75% for Kidneys for Life and 25% for the School.

AGAIN WELL DONE TO EVERYONE A SUPERB EFFORT BY ALL including family, friends, bag packers and all those unseen in the background helping the team






In Memory of Paul Heapy

Heapy Presentation - WebJust to say thanks to the guys who took part in climbing the 10 peaks in 10 hours to raise funds in memory of Paul Heapy.  These donations enabled us to purchase a new Bladder Scanner for the Renal Transplant Ward at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  The guys came along to the Ward this Saturday to handover the machine to the Ward.  The guys who took part in the challenge were John Sutcliffe, Jimmy Cullen, Steve Barratt, Colin Hulston, Tom Byrne and Pete Culloden, all pictured here.  Well done and thanks for your continued support of the Renal Transplant Ward and you can read more about their adventure challenge in the next edition of Whispers.

Raffle Draw Results

The Raffle Draw took place last night and the results were:

First Prize – Man Utd Shirt – Ticket 528 – Hazel Brand

Second Prize – Picture – Ticket 416 – Mrs M Wraith

Third Prize – Lacoste Bag etc – Ticket 126 - Terry Attmore

Fourth Prize – Toiletries – Ticket 734 – Annie Dickson

Fifth Prize – Bottle of Spirits – Ticket 497 – Neil Milward

Our thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and to our winners who will shortly be receiving their prizes.

The draw raised £490 which has been split equally between Kidneys for Life and Doncaster & Bassetlaw KA

Agimol Pradeep voted Best Nurse 2013 by British Malayali

Agimol Pradeep one of our Renal Transplant Coordinators here at the MRI has been voted Best Nurse by the British Malayali (a group for South Indians living in the UK) for her work raising awareness for organ donation in the South Asian Community. Agimol, who is a post-grad PhD student at the University of Salford, aims to tackle the problems by exploring and investigating the views of South Asian people to understand why they are reluctant to become donors.

National figures show that South Asians wait three times longer for a kidney transplant due to the difficulties in finding a successful match.

You can read more about Agimol by following this link and also see the feature on the Hospital website.


britannia 8th june 2013 posterThrob Lovelace & The Pitts featuring Adele Tribue by Lareena – Saturday, 8th June at Britannia Hotel, Stockport 7.30-12.30pm


Andy the son of one of our renal patients, Frank Powell who passed away before Christmas has offered to give all the proceeds from the Raffle at a Soul Night he is organising in Stockport on the 8th June. It is being held at the Britannia Hotel from 7.30pm til 12.30pm and involves Throb Lovelace and The Pitts with an Adele Tribute by Lareena. There is also a DJ Paul Hazelby spinning the finest Motown, soul and 80’s classics. Happy Hour from 7.30-8.30pm


It is a ticket only event at £10 and these can be obtained from Andy Powell on 07742 042997. Check out his website.


If you are planning on attending and would like to volunteer to sell the raffle tickets on the night please do get in touch with Irene on 0161 276 6671

Styal Golf Club

As most of you already know I have close links with the Renal Department at the MRI. Both of my kidneys failed when I was 20 and received a transplant in 1994. This has allowed me to live a near ordinary lifestyle and given me a second chance of life. However in 2011 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and underwent six months of successful chemotherapy only to find my kidney function declining. In August last year I commenced dialysis which through the support of the Renal team I self-manage at home. I am now awaiting another transplant.

The whole Renal team at the MRI do a magnificent job, not just the doctors and nurses on the frontline but all the research that takes place in the labs. They are the biggest renal department in the UK and are world leaders with their research and treatments. I for one would not be here today without them!

I will be fund raising through the year and would welcome any ideas, suggestions or donations to help raise some money.  Let’s hope we can raise a decent amount by the end of season in October.

Mark Johnson – Professional at Styal Golf Club

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