Fundraising for a good cause
(1 September 2003)
Durham University’s Sports Hall Supervisor, Mike Carr, has organised a series of fundraising events in aid of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and the kidney transplant unit in particular.
Mike’s wife Elizabeth, who works at the University’s sports centre as a cleaner, suffered from polycystic kidneys and for three years had spent nine hours a night on dialysis when the Freeman Hospital rang last November with news of a probable match.
Elizabeth spent two weeks critically ill in the Freeman but now, ten months later, Elizabeth feels she can live a normal life instead of having to be in bed by 8.30pm and being constantly tired. Mike and Elizabeth both feel the staff and the hospital saved her life.
Mike kicks off his fundraising events with an auction of sports memorabilia, signed shirts, footballs etc. on Friday 5 September at 7pm at the University’s sports centre at Maiden Castle. At 2pm on 7 September many of the region’s best known former professional footballers play a charity match at Maiden Castle and on 21 September Mike will be taking part in the Great North Run.
For more information on Mike’s fundraising efforts, please contact him on 0191 386 8180. Donations can be sent to him at Maiden Castle Sports Centre, Durham DH1 3SE.