Trust supports Bute’s dialysis campaign

Allan McFarlane, of Bute Kidney Patients Support Group, receives a cheque for �1,000 from Argyll and Bute Trust's chairman, Dan Edgar.
Allan McFarlane, of Bute Kidney Patients Support Group, receives a cheque for �1,000 from Argyll and Bute Trust's chairman, Dan Edgar.

The coffers of Bute Kidney Support Group’s dialysis unit campaign have received a massive boost this week in the form of a donation of £1,000 from Argyll and Bute Trust.

Chairman of the trust, Dan Edgar, presented a cheque to Allan McFarlane of the support group which will go to aid in their work in bringing a dialysis unit to the island.

Allan told us: “I’d like to thank Argyll and Bute Trust for supporting us again. We’re grateful to the support from the generous people of Bute,.

“We’re looking forward to going into the new year with great gusto, and we hope people will continue to be just as generous.”

For those unfamiliar with the campaign, the support group began work in October 2015 to raise awareness of the predicament facing current dialysis patients who must travel three times a week to hospital on the mainland to receive the life-saving treatment.

The treatment itself is draining enough, but adding the lengthy travel and worries of disruption to the ferry service make the entire experience all the more unpleasant.

Following on from a successful pilot which has seen the installation of a dialysis unit in Campbeltown, the Bute group has been working hard to raise funds to persuade NHS Highland that a similar pilot would work on the island.

To date the group has raised nearly £60,000.

To find out more about the campaign or to lend your support visit Bute Kidney Patients Support Group’s website: www.butekidney.co.uk.

Argyll and Bute Trust was formed nearly 40 years ago to celebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee, and has distributed - on average - around £5,000 a year for various educational, vocational and community projects.

The Trust is completely autonomous, and apart from sharing the name Argyll and Bute, it has no connection with Argyll and Bute Council.

It was anticipated it would run for two years and then be disbanded. However it was so successful it has continued until the present time, and it continues to flourish.