Herald - Issue 458

Page 52 • The HERALD • 30th May 2024 v SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SPECIALISTS v Professional, safe ear wax removal service delivered in the comfort of your own home. We use microsuction, water irrigation and manual ear wax removal to suit the different needs of our clients. To book your appointment please call Gosia on 07591 036071 or email: info@watersideearcare.com Health, Beauty & Wellbeing The Waterside Physiotherapy & Osteopathy Clinic www.thewatersideclinic.co.uk Jon Eyres and Associates • NECK AND BACK PAIN • PREGNANCY RELATED PAIN • ACUPUNCTURE • ARTHRITIC PAIN • ALL SPORTS INJURIES • SHOULDER/ARM PAIN Treatment by Chartered Physiotherapists and Registered Osteopaths Registered with all major health insurers and HCPC Tel: 023 8020 7764 First Floor, South Street Centre, Hythe, Southampton SO45 6EB CALL FOR MORE LIVING KIDNEY DONORS Former footballer Andy Cole and TV’s Married at First Sight’s Marilyse Corrigan are amongst those backing a new initiative to encourage more people to consider living kidney donation as a new poll reveals just 15% of adults in the region would consider donating a kidney to a stranger, despite 82% of them believing you can change someone’s life even if you’ve never met them. e poll, undertaken by YouGov, is part of a new UK-wide campaign, Make Your Mark, launched by two national charities to encourage more people to consider becoming a living kidney donor. National statistics show more than 5,500 people are on the waiting list for a kidney transplant in the UK, and six people die each week whilst waiting. Make Your Mark has been launched by the charities Kidney Research UK and Give a Kidney to raise awareness and help more people understand what it means to be a living donor. e two charities are working with support from NHS Blood and Transplant as well as a full panel of specialist clinical and surgical advisors. e campaign is part of a wider programme of activity that will provide potential donors with information and specialist help to guide and support them throughout their donation journey, starting with the Make Your Mark website. Andy Cole, who received a kidney from his nephew in 2017 a er su ering from kidney failure, said: “Kidney disease is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with and I know how lucky I am that my nephew was so willing to give up his kidney for me. It’s important to raise more awareness of living kidney donation so that kidney patients and potential donors can have more open conversations about it and potentially save the lives of others like me in the future.” Marilyse Corrigan, who appeared in Married at First Sight UK and donated her kidney as part of a donation sharing scheme so that her ex-partner, Shaun, could receive a transplant, said: “My two children need their dad as much as they need their mum which is why I donated to save Shaun’s life. It is important for me to be part of the Make Your Mark campaign to raise awareness, because a lot of people don’t realise how easy and straight forward it is to donate. I was one of those people but now I’m not. I acted, donated, and have no regrets!” Make Your Mark has been made possible thanks to businessman and philanthropist David Dangoor CBE, who has personal experience of living kidney donation, having previously donated to his brother Robert. rough the two charities, he has established the Robert Dangoor Partnership for Living Kidney Donation. He said: “Having donated a kidney to my brother, I know first-hand that it is perfectly possible to do this and to carry on living a normal life. I hope this partnership will have a profound impact on the number of people wanting to donate and death and the number of people developing kidney disease in the UK is growing rapidly, driven by risk factors including increased cases of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity, alongside social and economic inequalities. A report released by Kidney Research UK in 2023 warned that cases of kidney disease and kidney failure were growing so rapidly that the NHS could be overwhelmed in just ten years’ time. e report also revealed that increasing the numbers of transplants from living donors would not only save lives but would also save the NHS money compared to expensive and lifelimiting dialysis treatment. To nd out more about becoming a living kidney donor please visit: www.donateakidney.co.uk help everyone gain a better understanding of the process involved. Enabling more transplants could help patients with kidney failure to come off of, or avoid, difficult dialysis treatment.” Worldwide, kidney diseases are the tenth most common cause of Marilyse Corrigan Andy Cole Hythe Memory Group Hythe Memory Group meet up every Monday, from 2pm to 3.15pm at Cornerstone (Hythe URC), New Road, Hythe. Families Matter run the support group which o ers cognitive stimulation therapy for people with early stage dementia. It encourages people to socialise and have fun learning and remembering together. Carers are also welcome to stay and have a cup of tea and chat to other carers. For further information and to reserve your place please contact the Families Matter o ce on: 023 8020 7623 or email: o ce.fm.hurc@gmail.com. Places are limited and need to be booked in advance. Worried About Cancer? from Waterside Cancer Support Centre Waterside Cancer Support Centre o ers a welcoming space to talk about your concerns. Our friendly volunteers will give you a cuppa and a listening ear, or maybe you’d bene t from counselling or some complementary therapy. Come and nd us at e Grove, 25 St John’s Street, Hythe (opposite Lidl) or give us a call on 023 8178 0409. We’re open for dropins Monday to Friday from 10am until 1pm.