Sam, Kristina, and Demi are dialysis nurses at the Harlow renal unit. This year they decided to raise money for Kidney Care UK after their unit received some support from us earlier this year. Here they explain why they chose to support us and what they did to raise funds for us - from knitting hand warmers to skydiving...
"We have chosen Kidney Care UK as it is a charity that is close to our hearts. The three of us work in the Haemodialysis Unit doing various job roles caring for mostly outpatients and occasional inpatients. With this, we have seen the many challenges our patients and the members of their family face in their daily lives. We have experienced the assistance and the positive impact of the services Kidney Care UK provide. In recent weeks Kidney Care UK have provided a wheelchair for one of our patients and funded a renal support worker who works with young adults who come through the renal service alongside our renal support team.
We work as a Band 5, Band 3 and Band 2 in the dialysis unit and have 15 years of combined experience. As front liners in direct patient care, we have formed close bonds with our patients and their families, who we can see up to four times a week. This has motivated us to do a skydive to raise money for a charity that helps them through difficult times and improve the lives of the patients that inspire us daily.
We have experienced the assistance and the positive impact of the services Kidney Care UK provide
In the Harlow Dialysis Unit we hold an annual garden party that is hosted in celebration of the unit's birthday. Many of our patients previously had to travel miles to dialyse, with their nearest units being in Stevenage or Chelmsford and so this is an enjoyable event for our patients. This year we celebrated the units 6th birthday, patients and members of staff bring their family, friends and a plate of food on a Sunday when no one is working or dialysing.
Many of our patients say they look forward to our garden party as it is a good opportunity to mix their families with their dialysis families. This year, with the help of our colleagues, we utilised the garden party to host a raffle to raise money towards our skydive. Many companies were very generous in offering us gifts to add to our raffle and we would like to thank Brandie Wilson and Shannon Taylor for helping us with our raffle. The raffle alone raised a whopping £515 towards our grand total. We would also like to thank our Sister at the Harlow Unit, Jemima Emmans, who knitted hand warmers for fistula arms and sold them for donations towards our skydive raising a further £37.
We completed the jump on the afternoon of 5 of October in Oxfordshire. Whilst full of nerves, it was an amazing experience and well worth it. Combined with sponsorship and donations we raised a total of £1,327!
We are very grateful to our patients, colleagues, families and all the companies who donated prizes for our raffle and helped fundraise for Kidney Care UK. Their support meant a lot to us and we hope our story encourages people to take the jump and raise money for such a great cause!
- Caffe Nero
- Dilly’s Florist
- Harlow Bowl
- Harlow Playhouse
- Hertford Theatre
- McDonalds – Harlow
- Nandos – Harlow
- Oliver Bonas
- Paradise Wildlife Park
- Patisserie Valerie – Sir Issacs Walk, Colchester
- Tesco – Church Langley, Harlow
- Tesco – Crouch Street, Colchester
- Tesco – Edinburgh Way, Harlow
- The Beauty Spot
- The Coffee Lab
- The Body Shop – Harlow
- The Panic Room – Harlow
- The Snow Centre – Hemel Hempstead
- Van Hage
- Ventura Wildlife Park
- W H Smith – Harlow
- Waterways Experiences
- Zap Combat
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