Leicester Hospitals Charity Kidney Care Appeal joined Leicester Tigers for their Christmas Eve fixture against Saracens to help raise money as one of the club’s official charities.
Volunteers from the charity were on hand for bucket collections in the build-up and during the match, before representatives met on the pitch at half-time to pose for a photo with club mascot Welford. The appeal’s mascot Dr Fox also joined the team for the day posing with fans and helping to raise money for the charity.
Chronic kidney disease affects up to 7% of the population. The John Walls Renal Unit at Leicester’s Hospitals treats people with kidney disease from all of Leicestershire & Rutland (as well as people from Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire). The unit looks after nearly 1,000 people who need dialysis and around 1,200 that have had a kidney transplant.
The charity also partnered with Tigers players Manu Tuilagi, Tom Brady, Dom Ryan and Logovi'i Mulipola to create the below video.
Dr Graham Warwick, consultant nephrologist at Leicester Hospitals, said: “We are extremely grateful that Leicester Tigers have chosen the appeal as one of their charities for the 2017/18 season.
“With the help of the Tigers community, we hope to raise £30,000 to purchase two portable dialysis machines to allow kidney patients to be treated at Glenfield Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary.
“This would prevent kidney patients admitted to these hospitals with other medical problems having to travel to Leicester General Hospital to receive their routine haemodialysis treatment.
“We’d like to thank all the fans for their generosity and support and wish you all a Merry Christmas.”