You have “bean” amazing!

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Our Hospitals Charity team celebrate

Kidney unit appeal hits £500k target

The James Cook University Hospital Kidney Unit Appeal has smashed its £500,000 target.

Patients, renal unit staff and the local community pulled out all the stops to raise the funds in less than 12 months, ensuring kidney patients can receive their outstanding care in a first class facility for years to come.

Thanks to their efforts the renal day unit area will be revamped to better utilise space so the team can treat more patients and reduce waiting times.

Work has already started on the purpose-built facility which will create a bright, welcoming and modern environment for patients.

Our Hospitals Charity (formerly South Tees Hospitals Charity) launched the kidney unit appeal back in November 2020 with the creation of its fun kidney bean characters and was inundated with generous legacies and donations from patients and their families.

Thank you to our fundraisers

Charlotte Jennings and sister Katie

Charlotte Jennings (left) and sister Katie

Brian McMahon

Brian McMahon

Fundraisers took part in a series of sporting challenges including pulling on their trainers to join their fellow “runner beans” in a 73 Mile Challenge to celebrate 73 years of the NHS. It was Angela Issa who covered the most ground, clocking up more than 600 miles in total while Charlotte Jennings raised the most funds.

Another 25 supporters signed up as “jumping beans” and completed a sponsored tandem sky dive. Among those braving the jump were former patient Brian McMahon and current patient Sarah Eales.

Funds were given another boost when Drive Motor Retail donated a Vauxhall Corsa SE to the appeal for a bumper online raffle.

Thomas Harrington of Our Hospitals Charity said: “I just want to say thank you to every one of our fundraisers – you have “bean” amazing! “To raise this amount of money in under a year is a fantastic achievement and it is going to benefit kidney patients at our hospitals for years to come.”