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When I was asked to be Lady Captain of Dunham Forest Golf Club in 2012, and to choose a charity for my year, I immediately thought of Kidneys for Life, having worked for 23 years as a Renal Social Worker at Manchester Royal Infirmary. We have begun the year with a talk from Professor Paul Brenchley, about the Charity’s work. I am giving each member a golf ball with the Kidney’s For Life logo on it. We have a Charity Day Competition planned and an Open Day raffle. I have a named charity bunker and those ladies that land in it give a small donation! I hope by the end of my year to have raised money for the MRI Renal Units and to have made members of the Golf Club more aware of renal issues. At the Charity Day, Kath Lawson my former hospital secretary made and donated a fantastic cake (pictured above), with a lady golfer on the top and a Kidneys for Life ribbon made of icing round the base. Kath now runs Kath’s Kates in Didsbury (0161 442 5690) and makes wonderful cakes for all. The cake was raffled and won by Vicky Lewis, a member of our Ladies Section who had a serious illness and been unable to play golf recently. She was thrilled to win the cake, which she kindly shared. Over £480 was raised on the day. Gail de Meza, Lady Captain of Dunham Forest Golf Club
Kidneys for Life would just let to say a final thanks to Gail who over the course of her year as Lady Captain at Dunham Forest Golf Club raised £2,070.55 so our appreciation goes out to everyone who helped achieve such a fantastic donation
Mark Johnson organised a Dads & Lads Charity Golf Tournament at the end of last year at Styal Golf Club raising over £570 – our thanks to all concerned
Alison & Nigel Atkinson raised £2,250 in 2012 for Kidneys for Life by organising a number of events up there in Cumbria – Thank You
We would like to thank Mr & Mrs Jackson, Tameside Phoenix Club, Denton West End Working Mens Club, Rose Whitehead, Malcolm Sidebottom, Tracey O’Neill and many others which have enabled us to purchase seating, lamps, tables, accessories for the day rooms on Wards 36 & 37 – the patients are really grateful to all concerned which has given them somewhere comfortable to sit during their stay in hospital.
From Wigan Evening Post on Friday, 19 May 2012 – Bethany Taylor reporting
A wigan man who donated his kidney to his wife less than a year ago is preparing to run 10K in a bid to thank those that saved her life. Kim Varty’s family were devastated when she was told last year that if she did not find a donor kidney soon that she would die, but overwhelmingly seven of her friends and family came forward as potential donors. That included her husband Mick Hurst, who turned out to be the best donor match and in July last year the couple went under the knife not knowing if the operation would work.
But less than a year on Kim, co-owner of Varty’s Funeral Directors, has made a full recovery and has a better quality of life now than she ever had. Mick also leads a healthier lifestyle than ever before and will run the Manchester 10k at the weekend for Kidneys for Life. The Ince man said “The operation has been completely text book for both of us, it could not have gone any better. It really was life changing. Kim now loves to take the dogs for walks and go to Zumba classes, when before she could barely walk 100 yars. I am back at work and feel that the operation has given me a new lease of life as well and I feel better now than I did before. I can’t thank the people that cared for both of us enough, which is why I wanted to do the run, as my way of giving something back to them. On Sunday, Mick his daughter Emma Hurst, his niece Kristen Varty and family friend Matt Cain will take to the streets of Manchester for the run. All 4 runners came forward as donors at the time Kim was seriously ill, none of them were as good a match as Mick. Kristen then said “Mick and Kim have made a miraculous recovery and that has been thansk to the exceptional care they both received. Mick always said even when he was in hospital that if he was ever fit enough he wanted to do something to give back for what had been done to give Kim a future. Less than a year on his is fit enough to o that, so we all rallied round and decided to join him in the hope of raising money for a good cause”
Presentation in Memory of Paul Heapy
Karen, Dave & Steven Heapy, Julie Anderson, Jimmy Cullen and John Sutcliffe together with staff members from Wards 9 & 10 proudly showing off the new “Spacelab Monitoring Station” which has been donated in memory of Paul Heapy. You can read Paul’s story here. We would like to thank everyone involved in raising the funds in Paul’s memory to enable us to purchase this machine which will be of great benefit to our renal patients.
Zumbathon – In Memory of Mandy Lake
Tracey O’Neil daughter of Mandy Lake, who sadly passed away and was one of our renal dialysis patients, decided to organise a Zumbathon to raise funds for Kidneys for Life in memory of her Mum.
The event took place at the Royal British Legion and over 35 family and friends attended the event. Tracey made the T-Shirts herself and would like to say a big thanks to Diane the Zumba teacher for all her help on the day.