Swindon businesses raise cash for kidneys

By Anita Jaynes on January 13, 2014

Local businesses have been working together to help raise much needed funds to boost awareness of altruistic kidney donation (the act of giving a kidney to a stranger).

Jasie Rai, Director of Swindon-based The Sales and Marketing Hub, which offers B2B lead generation and business development,  organised a Ladies’ Charity Night of delicious Indian food and entertainment to raise money for national charity Give a Kidney on 13 December 2013.

In addition to The Sales and Marketing Hub, many local businesses contributed to the event, including Barclays Bank who matched the first £750 of funds raised, and the Swindon Sikh Temple and Punjabi Community Centre.

Further support was provided through catering, printing, raffle prizes and much more by The Khyber Restaurant, The Rug Shack, Stanton House Hotel, MLL Print & Digital, Kams Motor Clinic, Cross Street Cars, Amy’s Beautician and the Asset Guardian Company.

Jasie Rai said: “As someone with one kidney following a nephrectomy on one and a pyeloplasty on the other, I understand the urgent need for more people to consider donating kidneys.

There are currently around 6,000 people on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the UK, and around 300 people in need of a kidney die whilst on the waiting list each year. Humans only need one kidney, so if more healthy people came forward to donate, many more lives could be saved.

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the event and to all those who attended for making it possible and joining with me to help raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation.”

Chris Burns Cox, Chair of Give a Kidney said: “Enormous thanks and congratulations to Jasie and to everyone who worked together to create such a fantastic event. It was a very special and memorable evening. The funds raised for Give a Kidney will help us spread the word even further about the need for more altruistic donors and will help to improve the lives and life-expectancies of those with kidney failure.

Living kidney donation has been taking place in the UK since the 1960s and is now widely-practised across the UK. Although the number of altruistic donors is on the increase, there is still a long way to go before we make a real dent on the length of the waiting list.”

People wanting to find out more about giving the gift of a kidney can find out more by visiting: www.giveakidney.org.