Falkirk’s Asda depot signs up

Staff at the Asda CDC4 depot in Falkirk are ready to do their bit for Kidney Kids
Staff at the Asda CDC4 depot in Falkirk are ready to do their bit for Kidney Kids

Asda’s tireless charity champions have taken up the challenge to support Kidney Kids Scotland.

Workers at the supermarket giant’s chilled distribution centre in Bankside (CDC4) have raised thousands for good causes over the years and are now aiming to do their bit for the charity ahead of World Kidney Day on March 12.

Although they are unable to sport official Kidney Kids strip of yellow and blue, they are determined to be part of the team and ready to promote the campaign by selling merchandise including wrist bands, badges and key rings to the hundreds of business reps and drivers who visit their depot every week.

The 600-strong workforce will, of course, be also donating generously on behalf of family and friends!

Kelly Anne Corbett, CDC4’s Community Life Champion, said: “Because of health and safety issues at the depot we can’t wear the t-shirts – but we are all keen to do everything we can for Kidney Kids Scotland.

‘‘We plan to set up stalls in our reception area displaying the bands, badges and rings for sale as well as posters promoting the big day on March 12.

‘‘We always try to do what we can for local good causes and Kidney Kids Scotland has been part of that for a number of years. We’re always up for a challenge and happy to be able to help out.”

Delighted Carol Gray, part of the Kidney Kids Scotland team at its headquarters at Merrow House in Stenhousemuir, said: “Asda CDC4 have been good friends to us over the years, helping with our Transplant Games and providing ‘goodie bags’ at many other various events we have organised. It’s so great to have their support once again, but we are also still working hard to encourage more companies to get on board and make a contribution to March 12 if they can.”

Since being founded as a charitable trust in July 2000, Kidney Kids Scotland has raised nearly £1.5 million towards the cost of treating young children across Scotland suffering from renal and urology problems.

It has played a key part developing the paediatric renal network across the country – providing hospitals with equipment and funding posts recognised as essential by working closely with and relying on the expertise of consultants and medical and welfare experts to identify where the charity can best provide help.

While its work is focussed on ensuring children with the disease receive the best possible treatment and supporting them and their families ‘on the journey’, statistics show not only the young are at risk.

Our kidneys are essential. They remove toxins and excess water from the blood, help control blood pressure and produce red blood cells to keep our bones healthy.

But around one in 10 of us have some degree of chronic kidney disease. It can develop at any age and various conditions can lead to it. An individual can lose up to 90 per cent of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms, by which time CKD can be well advanced. Signs can include swollen ankles, fatigue, lack of appetite, difficulty concentrating and blood in the urine.

Early detection is crucial because it allows suitable treatment to start before kidney damage causes other complications.

Kidney Kids Scotland make a big difference thanks to the response from the public every year to its programme of money-making events. As we move towards World Kidney Day, Carol and the team are confident that will continue.