Kidney Kids day of fun in Falkirk

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The Kidney Kids Scotland team was out and about in and around Falkirk to mark World Kidney Day last week.

The blue and yellow Kidney Kids colours were displayed proudly at businesses and locations throughout the area as people did their bit to support the cause.

A Kidney Kids spokesperson said: “What a brilliant day it was – getting out to meet all of the people and groups who have supported us this year. We are incredibly touched by all of the fundraising efforts that have taken place on behalf of Kidney Kids Scotland.

“Everything from cake bakes and coffee mornings to fitness challenges and, of course, the many people who have donned the Kidney Kids colours of yellow and blue to show their support.

“Not only does this help the charity raise the profile of kidney health and the work carried out by Kidney Kids, it raises a great deal of funds in the process.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the World Kidney Day event again this year and helped to raise funds. We are gathering the amounts as we speak and will hopefully have a total in a couple of weeks.”

From its base in Stenhousemuir, Kidney Kids supports children and families directly, but also provides a range of medical equipment and funds medical posts that help to improve the treatment of children living with kidney disease.

The charity not only funded all of the paediatric haemodialysis machines in Scotland but has now funded the first home haemodialysis service – the first service of its kind in the country, which save children having to travel from all over the country to Glasgow three times per week for treatment.

Kidney Kids also runs several events throughout the year for children and families and is currently planning a Family Weekend that enables children and families to get together in a relaxed environment, while finding out more about their child’s condition.

A Kidney Kids spokesperson said: “The next big date in the diary will be the Transplant Games, which are coming to Scotland for the first time in 10 years.

“We will be looking for sponsors to help fund the Scottish children’s renal team to take part at this event.

“Around 35 children will have the opportunity to compete in the games this year, including three from the local area. It really is an awe inspiring event – following transplants children find themselves able to run, jump and compete with the best of them.”

Visit www.kidneykids.org.uk for more information.