Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust held a kidney health event last night to highlight the importance of our kidneys to our overall health for World Kidney Day.
The kidney health event was held at Hippings Vale Community Centre in Oswaldtwistle and consisted of a 5k mixed ability fun run in collaboration with the ‘Ossy Joggers’ (based in Oswaldtwistle). Nurses from the renal team at Preston Hospital also attended the event to offer blood pressure checks to visitors, as well as share advice on the importance of hydration and kidney health.
The event supported World Kidney Day which takes place today with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide.
The event also linked in with the national ‘little yellow duck project’ which is a global initiative highlighting the life-saving random acts of kindness of blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donation. Knitted and plastic ducks were available at the venue for visitors detailing a message around the importance of organ donation.
Lyndsey Rushton, Renal Specialist Nurse at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, said: “Whilst every random act of kindness has the ability to brighten someone’s day, blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donations have the ability to literally save or transform someone’s life. We asked for people’s help in making ducks and hoped to get around 50 but received around 300 knitted ducks and 150 plastic ducks which we were absolutely thrilled about.”
Each person that attended the event received a duck to either take on the run with them or take away with them. The idea of the campaign is to leave the duck for someone else to find and then for that person to log on the little yellow duck site and register their duck to continue to give random acts of kindness.
Lyndsey continued: “We have been massively overwhelmed by the response of the public with ducks being received from all over the country and the transplant team would like to express their thanks for their generosity. The event was a great success and everybody who attended had a brilliant time. We are proud to be supporting World Kidney Day to highlight the importance of keeping our kidneys healthy.”
Ducks will also be left around both Preston Hospital and Chorley Hospital today for World Kidney Day for staff and visitors to find their own random act of kindness to keep the momentum of the campaign going.