Fundraiser Tim Morris with colleagues, from left, Judith Pratt, Abi Turner and Mike Dalloz. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
FROM the negative of kidney failure came big fundraising positives.
Programme manager at Ryde mystery shopping company, Performance in People, Tim Morris, was the driving force behind a fundraiser for Kidney Research UK.
He was moved to do it by the experience of being told, at the age of just 48, his kidneys had completely failed.
Tim, who is also a Vectis Radio weekend breakfast show presenter, was a rugby player until six years ago when he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Treatment had kept it under control.
"But weeks ago I was told my kidneys will never recover and I was to prepare for an operation to have a fistula fitted. I will be on dialysis and will have to be for a long time before being considered for the transplant list," said Tim.
"The managing director of Performance in People, Mike Dalloz, and colleagues have been so supportive and agreed to hold a fundraising day for Kidney Research UK.
"Two colleagues have been particularly brilliant — Judith Pratt and Abi Turner, the latter doing the great South Run in the autumn."
Staff of Performance in People and the On Target business, based in the same building, came to work wearing purple and organised a raffle.
Prizes were donated by Island businesses and organisation
"We raised a fantastic £518.64 and Sandra Currie, chief executive of Kidney Research UK asked me if I would be a community champion on the Island for the charity, one of 45 they have around the UK.