Cash is pouring in following an appeal to help children with renal illness enjoy a better quality of life.
The fundraising organised by the Kidney Kids Scotland charity on World Kidney Day earlier this month touched hundreds who have given generously to make a difference.
More than 30 businesses across the district volunteered to support KKS on March 12 and so far more than £6500 has been donated - with plenty of tins still to be collected and counted.
Carol Gray, one of the charity’s hard working team, admitted she and her colleagues have been “overwhelmed” by the generosity shown.
She said: “The support for our appeal has been simply tremendous and the efforts some people have made to raise money amazing. We really can’t thank them enough for the very positive impact they have had. It has all been very encouraging and a big bonus has been the fact so many people who contacted us this year to help have said that until they read The Falkirk Herald they didn’t know anything about us and have now promised to get involved again next year.
“The last month has been phenomenal for us and will make a huge difference to the children and their families who have to face up to the challenges of renal illness every day.”
Every penny raised by Kidney Kids Scotland’s supporters on March 12 will be used towards the purchase of a portable home haemodialysis machine.
At the moment children with kidney failure have to travel to Glasgow’s Yorkhill Hospital three to four times a week for haemodialysis - spending up to four hours a day at the hospital.
A portable machine would allow the patient to choose when and where they wish to do their treatments, making activities like going to school every day, going on holiday and generally leading a more normal family life possible for the first time.
With World Kidney Day over and such a success, Kidney Kids Scotland is now gearing up for its next big event - a weekend of outdoor activities for children and their parents over Easter at Cumbernauld Outdoor Activity Centre.
That will be followed in May by the ever-popular Family Weekend, this year being hosted by the Westerwood Golf and Country Club.