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Failure is not an option as Sam inspires fundraisers

Monday, 12 November 2018

SIMILING Sam McKay lit-up the room as the glittering Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity Fundraising Ball raised an incredible £150,000 for the charity’s renal appeal.

The nine-year-old – who was donated a kidney by dad David – spoke at the event with David, mum Morag, and eldest brother Ben.

The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s renal appeal - run in partnership with Kidney Kids - will raise money for children with kidney failure at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

Sam’s mum told how the couple, from Johnstone, found out Sam had kidney problems when he was still in the womb at 27 weeks. Following an operation on the day he was born, Sam endured long hospital stays and life-saving surgery, before receiving a donated kidney from his dad David at the age of five.

She said: “Life has been pretty good since the transplant. Sam’s confidence is improving, as is his independence.

“However, he is still trying to come to terms with what he has been through, as are we, and realises that he has challenges ahead. We’ll work it out though as failure is not an option.

“It is vital that people support the renal appeal in order to develop and improve the already incredible work done by the wonderful nurses, doctors and staff at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.”

The renal appeal aims to raise £500,000 to enhance the renal unit at the children’s hospital in Glasgow, pay for more psychological support for children and families living with kidney failure, and also support the home dialysis service to allow more children to be treated at home instead of in hospital.

Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone for their generosity at the Ball, including our sponsors MJ Lynas Accountants and Independent Benefit Consultancy, host Bryan Burnett, and all those booked tables, donated prizes and bid on the night.

“Sam and his family articulated just how challenging life can be for a child with kidney failure. Our guests took them to their hearts and responded with overwhelming generosity and kindness, and ensured that our Renal Appeal got off to the best possible start.

“Children like Sam may have kidney failure, but for the McKays and our guests on Friday night, failure was not an option.”

For more information on  the appeal, visit www.GlasgowChildrensHospitalCharity.org/renal-appeal or, email info@glasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org or call 0141 212 8750.


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