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Holly jolly nurses take a leap for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity

Tuesday, 04 December 2018

BRAVE Vicki Harkins led a team of nurses in a bungee jump for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity and Kidney Kids Scotland’s renal appeal.

The 31-year-old, from Uddingston, was one of six specialists from the city’s Royal Hospital for Children who donned their Santa costumes at the charity’s annual Santa Bungee Jump organised in partnership with the Catherine McEwan Foundation at the Riverside Museum.

Vicki took the leap alongside colleagues Kirsty Scott, Karen Maclennan, Zoe Dickson, Nicola MacDonald and Sara Banks, all of whom work on the hospital’s renal ward.

Eighty people took part in the two-day event, with the nurses raising money for Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity’s renal appeal - run in partnership with Kidney Kids Scotland – which will help children with kidney failure at Glasgow’s Royal Hospital for Children.

Vicki said: “Jumping today was a bit like being at work. We do everything as a team, and couldn't do it without each other! It was easy to jump thinking of all our families affected by renal disease over the years, with patients and staff in the crowd cheering us on making it all the more worthwhile. Thank you to each and every person who has donated towards the Renal Appeal today, and to Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity who have been amazing helping us smash our target.”

The appeal aims to raise £500,000 to enhance care and services on the renal unit at the children’s hospital in Glasgow, which is a centre of excellence for children from across Scotland with kidney failure.

Kirsten Sinclair, Chief Operating Officer at Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Vicki and her colleagues should all be very proud of themselves for braving this challenge in support of the children they already so much to care for on the renal unit. Their fundraising efforts have been tremendous and will go a long way in supporting our renal appeal, which will enhance care and services for children with kidney failure in Scotland.”

Karen McFarlane from Kidney Kids Scotland said: “We as a charity are always amazed at what lengths people go to in order to raise funds for others. This group of nurses go the extra mile on a daily basis for each and every child that enters the Renal Ward. Today they are quite literally going above and beyond.

 

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