Falkirk backs Kidney Kids

12-03-Kidney Kids Scotland volunteers Karen Breingan, Carol Gray and Karen McFarlane put 'their best foot forward' for World Kidney Day
12-03-Kidney Kids Scotland volunteers Karen Breingan, Carol Gray and Karen McFarlane put 'their best foot forward' for World Kidney Day

Volunteers brought a smile to the faces of everyone when they launched their annual appeal to raise money on World Kidney Day.

National charity Kidney Kids Scotland won the hearts of hundreds with their fundraising activities across the district last Thursday.

Businesses big and small found time to take part in the event by staging money-making challenges, and shoppers and office workers confronted by a Kidney Kids supporters with a bucket or can in their hand gave generously for the good cause.

The charity based in Stenhousemuir set itself an ambitious target to raise as much as possible on the day and get closer to being able to buy a portable haemodialysis machine - a piece of vital equipment which can make such a difference to a youngster with renal illness.

They cost around £14,000 each - but allow a child to be treated at home rather than having to travel to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill in Glasgow up to four times a week and spending up to four hours a day in hospital each time.

Kidney Kids Scotland was founded by local businesswoman Sheena Dunsmore in 2000 and since then she and her dedicated team have worked tirelessly to support hundreds of children with renal illness across the country and their families.

The charity’s main objective is to enable the children to receive treatment as close to home as possible - making the purchase of these portable units a top priority.

Over the last 15 years thanks to their efforts and the generosity of the business community and public the length and breadth of Scotland, Kidney Kids Scotland has been able to distribute nearly £1.5 million towards the cost of treatment.

Volunteer Carol Gray knows the money raised from last week’s efforts will make another big difference.

She said: “The day was absolutely amazing and the response everywhere we went simply overwhelming and we’d like to thank everyone who took part and supported us on the day so very, very much.

“They all put a tremendous amount of effort into their fundraising. Groups big and small all went ‘above and beyond’ and we really can’t thank them enough. We’re still counting the donations but we’re very confident we’ll have put a big dent in our target figure thanks to everyone’s wonderful help.”