Charity swim in aid of Bute dialysis campaign

Monica Robson's sponsored swim has raised �900 for the Bute Dialysis Unit campaign.
Monica Robson's sponsored swim has raised �900 for the Bute Dialysis Unit campaign.

A kidney patient has raised £900 for Bute’s campaign for a dialysis unit of our own.

Monica Robson from Hawick undertook a sponsored swim of 8.6 miles – the distance a Bute dialysis patient travels on the ferry from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay three times a week for treatment – to support the island’s campaign to have a unit established on Bute.

Monica said: “I often feel tired and dizzy after my dialysis and the last place I’d want to be is on a ferry to get home, especially in bad weather. I want to help patients on Bute get a local dialysis unit so travelling will be easier for them.”

Staff Nurse at Borders Dialysis Unit, Jane Chalmers, said: “Everyone in the dialysis unit admired Monica’s determination and commitment taking on this challenge.

“She had to find the time and energy to swim between working and attending her four hourly dialysis treatments three times a week.

“As well as raising a fantastic amount of money, Monica has inspired other dialysis patients to take up physical activity.”

Monica’s swim follows two other fundraising efforts earlier this year. In March Cathy Taylor did a sponsored bike ride on dialysis, and an Easter craft and cake stall was held in the Borders General Hospital.

Monica’s donation brings the total raised by the Borders Dialysis Unit for the campaign to £2,595.