How will you be celebrating your freedom once lockdown is over? How about jumping out of a plane for The James Cook University Hospital Kidney Unit Appeal?
South Tees Hospitals Charity is urging daredevil fundraisers to sign up to a tandem parachute jump in Peterlee on Sunday 4 July to help raise £500,000 to revamp the kidney day unit at the Middlesbrough hospital.
“We have 14 places left in our ‘Jumping Beans’ team so why not sign up today and come and join in the fun?” said Thomas Harrington of South Tees Hospitals Charity.
The revamp of the kidney day unit will see a complete redesign of the area to make better use of clinical space and bring the trust’s specialist renal nurses together in one place while providing a bright, welcoming and modern environment for patients.
Brian McMahon, 46, who underwent a dual kidney transplant in 2019, was one of the first to sign up to take part.
“I was diagnosed with kidney failure and admitted to James Cook nine years ago and have been going back and forth all this time,” he said.
“They helped me to continue working and supporting my family, and they helped me to lead as normal a life as possible.
“That’s why I’m so passionate about trying to give something back, so they can do the same for other people in a similar position.
“I’m really looking forward to it!”
Renal patient Sarah Eales is also part of the “Jumping Beans” team.
Sarah, who has been on dialysis for nearly three years, said: “I’m raising money for the day unit as this is very close to home for me and I feel that this whole revamp will make a huge difference to not only patients but also staff too.
“The renal day unit at James Cook is the hub of kidney care – without them I would not be doing as well as I am.
“As a mother of three children the most important thing for me is to lead as normal a life as possible, without the day unit and all the staff there that would be a lot harder to do.
“I am so excited and scared to do this skydive. I have always wanted to do one and what better way to raise money than to jump out of a plane!”
Those taking part are asked to raise a minimum of £350. Sign up by contacting South Tees Hospitals Charity on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01642 854160 or donate online at southtees.enthuse.com/cf/jamescookkua