Feb 2015 I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. To be told that I needed dialysis and then a transplant to get any quality of life back was a brutal shock. Sadly in Scotland there is not much help for renal patients. No information, no social worker or a psychologist. Since my transplant I have set up Return To Life charity with charity ambassador Mr David Kingsmore. A top class vascular surgeon.
With my life experience and knowledge i have gained, it is invaluable to newly diagnosed patients and their families and friends, to provide the support and guidance they need that myself like many others did not receive. Return to life charity is filling a major gap that the NHS cannot cover.
We provide peer support to those affected by chronic kidney disease and provide them someone to talk to who can listen and share common ground. The long term mission is to create anew embryonic national independent Scottish renal charity.Run by renal patients for renal patients.
Currently the team consists of myself and my colleague Mark Tweedy who is Currently receiving dialysis and awaiting on a translant.
The charity has grown from strength to strength in a very short period of time.
With your help we can maintain our free service to those affected and keep this renal charity centre open.
Renal service takes up 6 % of the UK NHS budget. This is a staggering amount for 1 service.
Every year there are many people diagnosed with this horrible disease and many are left isolated and lonely.
With your help we can be there to support them and give them the support they need but ultimately HOPE.