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Kidney Care Appeal fundraising at ‘Tigers in the Park’ as an official chosen charity
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Press release date31/08/2017
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Leicester Hospitals Charity Kidney Care Appeal is being supported by Leicester Tigers this year as one of its official charities. The charity will be a part of the clubs ‘Tigers in the Park’ event held before the first home game of the year, on Sunday 3 September.
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The event runs from 11:00am until 3:00pm, ahead of the clubs opening fixture of the new Aviva Premiership season against Bath Rugby at Welford Road Stadium. Taking place on Nelson Mandela Park, opposite the stadium, the event is free for all supporters. This year’s theme is celebrating 125 years of rugby being played at Welford Road and there will be a range of activities and entertainment throughout the afternoon. 


The Kidney Care Appeal brings together doctors, nurses and other staff on the renal unit, renal research scientists, patients and fundraisers. They work together to publicise and raise funds for vital research into kidney disease, and innovations in patient care, that are being pioneered in the John Walls Renal Unit at Leicester General Hospital.


Debbie Adlerstein, Head of Business Development at Leicester Hospitals Charity said, “As well as caring for patients, the John Walls Renal Unit is involved in research into kidney disease. Although the NHS provides excellent clinical facilities, we always need additional equipment to help improve the quality of care for kidney patients.


“This is supported by funding raised by the Kidney Care Appeal. Launched in 2005, we have since raised over £300,000 to support kidney patients and research. We are extremely grateful for the on-going support of the public and our generous donors and supporters.”


Chris Rose, Head of Brand at Leicester Tigers, added: “It’s great to be able to support the work of the Kidney Care Appeal. We hope that through our partnership with them as one of our official club charities that we will be able to spread the awareness and help drive key research into helping to fight kidney disease.


“Tigers in the Park is a fantastic event for all the family and the Kidney Care Appeal team have some great activities they will be bringing along. We’ll also be announcing them officially as one of our charities during our half-time presentations.” 


People develop kidney disease for a wide variety of reasons and, in some cases, the disease gets progressively worse until the kidneys no longer function. When this happens the patients become more and more ill as toxins accumulate in their blood. The patient then needs a kidney transplant or dialysis treatment to keep them alive. 


Chronic kidney disease is common affecting up to 7% of the population. Kidney disease is more common in the elderly, in people with diabetes mellitus or high blood pressure and South East Asian or Afro-Caribbean populations. There are nearly 60,000 people in the UK receiving treatment by dialysis or have had a kidney transplant. There are approximately 6,000 people in the UK on the waiting list for a kidney transplant.


Representatives from the charity and the renal team including Consultant Nephrologist Professor Jonathan Barratt and patient John Savage, a kidney recipient, will be at ‘Tigers in the Park’ to raise awareness of the appeal, promote the organ donor register as well as raising valuable funds by selling bags, badges and t-shirts.


To find out more about the Kidney Care Appeal or to make a donation please call: 0116 258 8709 or visit:  www.LHCharity.org.uk


For more information about ‘Tigers in the Park’, please visit: https://www.leicestertigers.com/events/tigers-in-the-park


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Robert Knowles
Communications Officer
0116 258 8761
communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk
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