Backing from the Borders

Cathy Taylor - pictured with staff nurse Jane Chalmers - did a sponsored cycle while undergoing her dialysis treatment at the Borders Dialysis Unit in Melrose to raise funds for the Dialysis Unit for Bute campaign.
Cathy Taylor - pictured with staff nurse Jane Chalmers - did a sponsored cycle while undergoing her dialysis treatment at the Borders Dialysis Unit in Melrose to raise funds for the Dialysis Unit for Bute campaign.

Bute Kidney Patients Support Group has received a welcome boost to their funds for an island-based dialysis unit thanks to a unit in the Borders.

Staff and patients in the Borders Dialysis Unit in Melrose recently learned through The Buteman of the struggles facing fellow kidney patients on Bute having to travel three times a week to the mainland for life-saving haemodialysis treatment.

Thanks to the efforts of a Borders dialysis patient, Cathy Taylor, a whopping £845 has been raised for the Bute campaign, with further fund-raising events in the pipeline. Earlier this month Cathy did a sponsored cycle - pedalling while hooked up to her dialysis machine in the hospital using a bike which attached to the end of her chair - covering a distance of 27 miles, the equivalent of a circuit of the island of Bute.

Cathy said: “Dialysis patients living in the Scottish Borders can empathise with patients on Bute having to travel three times a week to the mainland for treatment. We know how stressful and tiring transport can be, particularly in bad weather, and we wanted to help them get their own unit.”

Staff nurse Jane Chalmers told us: “The Borders Dialysis Unit first opened in 1989 following a similar fund-raising campaign by the Borders Kidney Patients Trust. Before this time Borders patients had to travel to our parent unit in Edinburgh for treatment.

“With the generous support of local people the unit has grown over the years and is now a well-equipped, 12-bedded facility. We are keen to offer our support to kidney patients and their families in Bute.”

Another Borders dialysis patient is also getting fit while raising money for Bute. Monica Robson is currently swimming the equivalent distance of the Rothesay to Weymss Bay ferry in her local pool. To donate to Monica visit her JustGiving page (set up by daughter Amy).