SOUTHPORT Kidney Fund wants to hear from more local patients and families who have been affected by chronic kidney disease.
The group was set up in October 1979 as an independent charity that aids patients of all ages with end stage kidney failure within Southport and the surrounding areas.
Committee member Erica Stanley said that her son Zachery Stanley, 15, had a transplant in 2014 from his dad David and the group has been “amazing support for him.”
Erica said: “Once diagnosed with kidney failure, a patient usually requires medication and a special very restrictive diet.
“Later stages of kidney failure require dialysis, and ultimately a kidney transplant. Dialysis and transplants are treatments and not cures. Dialysis usually requires three to four hour sessions three days per week and requires a patient to attend hospital or sometimes they can do it at home.
“The committee of volunteers’ works hard to raise funds to support our kidney patients.
“Each year we have a variety of fundraising events and rely totally on the support of good people but this has obviously been severely affected by Covid-19
“We usually have social events to improve the lives of our members, including monthly coffee mornings, afternoon teas, Christmas meals and quizzes. These are for members, their families and care-givers.
“We are looking to do so much more and we’re hoping by getting more involved with our social media pages it will help spread awareness and involve many more people.
“Due to the Data Protection Act, Southport Kidney Fund is unable to find out who the new patients are and are prohibited from contacting them. If you know anyone on dialysis at hospital or at home who would like to join us please encourage them to make contact. Adults and children are welcome.
“Southport Kidney Fund can also provide financial assistance to patients who are in financial need. Each request is taken on its own merits and the committee meets monthly to discuss who needs help.
“We desperately need someone with secretarial skills and possibly someone with accountancy skills. These people would need to attend the monthly meeting and be on the committee. If you can help in any way please contact us.
“This charity has so much to offer and it would be a shame to see it collapse.
“If you or anyone you know would like to speak to someone please don’t hesitate to contact us.”
You can find the Southport Kidney Fund page on Facebookor the website www.southportkidneyfund.org
Donations can be sent to SKF (Southport Kidney Fund) online via the JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/southportkidneyfund
Or make cheques payable to Southport Kidney Fund and send to the treasurer, Mr I Hill 61 Chester Road, Southport PR9 7HD.