New Borders boost for Bute dialysis campaign

Shane Jagger, a patient at the Borders Dialysis Unit in Melrose, with some of the hand-made cards he's created to help raise money for the Dialysis Unit for Bute Campaign.
Shane Jagger, a patient at the Borders Dialysis Unit in Melrose, with some of the hand-made cards he's created to help raise money for the Dialysis Unit for Bute Campaign.

Kidney patients and staff from the Borders have given a fresh boost to the campaign to bring a satellite dialysis unit to Bute.

Following last week’s story on patient Cathy Taylor’s sponsored cycle in aid of the local campaign, staff nurse Jane Chalmers from the Borders Dialysis Unit has been in touch to tell us of the latest fund-raising efforts in aid of patients on the island.

The unit, at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose, hosted an Easter cake and craft stall on Thursday, March 24 which raised a further £850 to add to the £845 raised through Cathy’s cycle.

Jane said: “We received generous donations of cash, home-baking, crafts and lucky dip prizes from staff, patients and families and friends. Of particular note was a cash donation and a large supply of knitted goods to sell from a local ‘knit and natter’ group.

“Our stall was loaded with Easter eggs, chicks and bunnies and we sold out of everything.

Dialysis patient Shane Jagger also painted watercolour pictures, and five were selected to be printed as greetings cards specifically to raise funds for Bute.

Each card has the Bute Kidney Patient Support Group’s name and goal for an island-based dialysis unit printed on the back.

These popular blank greetings cards are selling for £1 each and can be sent by post on request to Shane c/o Borders Dialysis Unit, Borders General Hospital, Melrose, TD6 9BS.

Meanwhile, another Borders dialysis patient, Monica Robson, is continuing the sponsored swim mentioned in our previous story - in which she’s covering the equivalent of the distance from Rothesay to Wemyss Bay (see a JustGiving page in aid of Monica’s efforts here) - while a third patient’s daughters are preparing to run a 5k for the Bute Dialysis campaign.