A big thank you to all those who contributed to the fundraising at Styal Golf Club in particular the Juniors in helping to raise £1,423.21 organised by Mark Johnson. Visit their website http://styalgolfjuniors.com/
Our thanks to Elaine Mansell – Lady Captain at Davyhulme Park Golf Club for supporting Kidneys for Life as one of the charities being supported by the Golf Club this year. Follow the link for more info.
We need volunteers to help sell raffle tickets at the Soul Music Event at the Britannia Hotel in Stockport on Saturday, 8th June from 7-10pm. If you can help please get in touch with Irene on 0161 276 6671 or email@example.com
Just 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.
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 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.
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
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
Find out more at http://www.styalgolfjuniors.com/news/index.php
Again we would like to thank Keith Clegg and John O’Grady for helping to organise another successful Golf Day in July 2012 which raised over £1,100 to be used for Renal Transplant Wards – you can see Keith & John here with Carol Bartley and Sheilagh Armstrong receiving a certificate acknowledging Keith’s support of Kidneys for Life.
The Spring 2013 edition of our Whispers magazine is now available online