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Simon Flowers

Simon Flowers

London marathon

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]In January 2015, our daughter, Melanie, then aged only 24 was diagnosed with CKD (Chronic Kidney Disease). This came out of nowhere and took us all by surprise as she hadn't shown any symptoms other than a problem with the vision in one eye. A visit to the optician led to a trip to A&E and the discovery of kidney failure.[/p][p]The actual variety of kidney disease that she had is called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS for short) which is a degenerative disease with no known cure. The cause is also unknown. Initially, under the supervision of the medical team at St George's Hospital in Tooting, she managed her condition by a combination of medication and diet. We knew that eventually she would require a kidney transplant and I had put myself forward to be that donor. After a series of in-depth tests, I was confirmed as a suitable match for her. The surgery took place in October 2018 and we both returned home after several days in St George's. We have both had to return to St George's on a regular basis to be monitored. Melanie had to attend pretty much every week for the first year in order to stabilise her medication. The frequency of her visits is now much reduced but she will need check-ups for the rest of her life. As the donor, l only had to return at 3, 6 and 12 months and now go annually.[/p][p]In all the time we have been going, we have had tremendous support from the staff in the Renal unit at St George's who are working in old, unsuitable buildings. I would like to repay that care by raising money for St George's Kidney Patient Association [url=http://sgkpa.org.uk/]sgkpa.org.uk[/url][/p][p][u]About St George’s[/u][/p][p]St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a complete range of inpatient and outpatient nephrology services for those with kidney conditions living in South West London. The unit is also the kidney transplantation centre for patients in South West London, Surrey and Sussex. 2019 saw 25 years since the first kidney transplant at St George's. The renal unit has the highest patient survival rates following a kidney transplant in the country. St George’s is consistently above the national average for patient survival at one year and five years after a kidney transplant. This includes patients receiving either deceased or living donor transplant kidneys.[/p][p]The charity that I am raising money for improves the lives of kidney patients at St George's Hospital. It is run by patients on behalf of all patients. The main things they do are:[/p][p]· Raise money for the renal unit by organising events.[/p][p]· Work closely with the staff making suggestions, taking up complaints on behalf of patients and improving communications.[/p][p]· Take part in discussions on future policy and plans with various management boards of the Trust and the wider NHS outside the hospital.[/p][p]· Fund vital equipment for the staff to work with, without which they would fall behind other hospitals[/p][p]Since its inception in 1992, the charity has spent £100,000s improving the lives of kidney patients at St George's Hospital. Purchases they have made to improve St George's include;[/p][p]· Air conditioning units in clinical areas[/p][p]· Medical equipment such as a vascular access probe, bladder scanners, Body Composition Monitor (BCM) - a device that can identify the amount of (excess) fluid a patient is "carrying"[/p][p]· Refurbishment of the relatives’ room and day room[/p][p]· Funding free television for all beds on the ward which would usually cost patients £3 per day[/p][p]· [url=http://www.sgkpa.org.uk/news/st-georges-kpa-donates-a-new-laparoscopic-stack-to-the-renal-unit]Laparascopic stack (in 2005 & replacement in 2016) to enable key hole surgery for donor nephrectomy[/url] (more information about their most expensive purchase in the link).[/p][p]· Immunoadsorption machine to allow ABO incompatible transplants to take place[/p][p]· Omnitract device for removing donor kidneys and transplantation[/p][p]· Lifeport machines to preserve kidneys between removal and transplantation[/p][p]Last year, [url=https://www.sgkpa.org.uk/news/courtyard-clinic-dialysis-facilities]St George's announced plans for a new dialysis unit[/url]. At present, dialysis takes place in mobile trailers parked outside the clinical area. Final designs have been produced and St George's Hospital Charity has agreed to raise £1 million towards the cost of the unit. St George's Kidney Patients Association will contribute and fundraise as well.[/p][p]Please help me to support the great work that St. George’s do.[/p][p]Thank you [/p][p]Simon and Melanie[/p]
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Supporters


Nov 30, 2020

Becky Andrew

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Oct 17, 2020

Howard Elliott

£25.00

plus £6.25 Gift Aid


Oct 9, 2020

Sabrina and Laurence

Well done Simon and congratulations on a marathon PB!

£20.00


Oct 8, 2020

Roger Jackson

Well done Simon for completing in such a good time in awful conditions.

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 7, 2020

Becky Andrew

Inspirational effort!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2020

Varuna

Well done Simon! What a tremendous effort considering the appalling conditions. And an incredibly worthwhile cause.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2020

Martin

Well done Simon

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2020

Amy G

Well done Simon - what an achievement

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 6, 2020

Rob and Polly

mazeltov -the way to stay young.....

£30.00


Oct 6, 2020

Anonymous

£40.00

plus £10.00 Gift Aid

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