Kidney patient raises money for the unit which is keeping her alive

Gaynor Parmeter and daughter Sophie Leigh (right) with some of those that took part in a sponsored walk on Sunday in aid of Sunderland Royal Hospital renal unit.
Gaynor Parmeter and daughter Sophie Leigh (right) with some of those that took part in a sponsored walk on Sunday in aid of Sunderland Royal Hospital renal unit.
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A MUM who is on the kidney transplant list is raising funds for the unit which is helping to keep her alive.

Gaynor Parmenter was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 10, after she began to suffer the warning signs of the condition on a family holiday.

Now, four years after she started to have dialysis treatment and was told she would need a kidney transplant, she is still waiting for a match.

She visits the renal unit at Sunderland Royal Hospital three times a week for treatment because her illness has caused her organs to deteriorate.

Each dialysis session lasts three hours.

Gaynor, who is mum to Sophie-Leigh, 15, hopes the cash she raises from the fancy dress sponsored walk through Rickleton and following fun day at The Woodland pub will help buy new televisions for the ward.

The 35-year-old, who is a forum moderator for Tombola, said: “I’m partially sighted and I can’t see the televisions, but I have an iPad and the internet, so I can play a game or go on Facebook. Some of the older ones can’t do that.

“The unit’s open from 7am to 11pm, and I just feel sorry for the people who are just sat there.

“Dialysis makes me really tired, and I have anaemia as well so have iron injections every four weeks, and sometimes I’m so tired I have to get the bairn to wash my hair.”

Gaynor, who also lives with fiancé Ian Parmenter in Nookside, organised the fun day with the help of her friend Louise Tobin-Davies, with the event featuring raffle prizes, live music, stalls, a disco and bouncy castle.