To celebrate World Kidney Day on the 9th March 2017 Make Someone Smile is announcing 10 free fully funded scholarships for young adults aged 18-24 to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme.
More than 1 in 10 people have chronic kidney disease in the UK. It’s a disease that not a lot of people know about and there is no cure. It is the silent killer. Young adults suffering with kidney disease are often isolated and excluded from participating in activities due to the nature of their condition and dialysis regime (dialysis is where a machine purifies your blood because your
kidneys are not working).
Working in partnership with the national charities NKF and BKPA and SEPKA the local patient led charity, MSS CKD has secured the funds to launch a Bronze DofE programme exclusively for young adults with kidney disease. Working with the Brighton Renal Unit young adults will be given the opportunity to learn new skills and take part in an expedition. The programme has also received support from the Tim Lewis Trust and Netigate an international tech company.
Pete Lancaster the founder of MSS CKD stated “As a carer of a kidney patient I know only too well the day to day challenges that a patient faces as they fight to stay alive. We founded MSS CKD to improve the lives of kidney patients and to celebrate world kidney day we are supporting 10 young adults to do something they would never have had the opportunity to do. We want to give them the chance to learn new skills and develop the confidence to progress in life”.
Paddy Tabor, Chief Executive of the British Kidney Patient Association, says: “The BKPA are delighted to be working with MSS CKD and the DofE award to develop and deliver an accredited skills development programme to aid young people’s transition to adulthood. We believe the programme will play an important role in helping young people with kidney disease develop the confidence, skills and ambitions to improve their life chances”.
The scholarships are being announced at 1245 level 8, at the Sussex Kidney Unit, Brighton Hospital on Thursday 9th March. To further celebrate the launch MSS CKD are also launching a global survey supported by the Swedish Tech company Netigate.
To find out more visit www.mssckd.com and spread the word, on World Kidney Day through social media.