Kidney patient Anne-Marie raises hundreds of pounds for charity

Anne-Marie Banks has raised �1,500 for the RVI to thank them for their help with her kidney condition, and has helped out sister Zoe's football team. She is pictured with mum Susan, dad Gordon and Zoe, 14, all wearing East Durham under-13 girls football tops.

Anne-Marie Banks has raised �1,500 for the RVI to thank them for their help with her kidney condition, and has helped out sister Zoe's football team. She is pictured with mum Susan, dad Gordon and Zoe, 14, all wearing East Durham under-13 girls football tops.

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A TEENAGER battling lifelong kidney problems has put aside her own fight to help fellow patients.

Black Cats fan Anne-Marie Banks, 13, will one day need a transplant because of poor kidney function and has to rely on aids to help with body functions.

But the brave youngster is determined to put her own health to one side to help others who receive treatment at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), where Anne-Marie has returned for treatment since being diagnosed with kidney problems at just three months old.

Anne-Marie, of Shotton, organised an event at Shotton Comrades Club and raised £1,600. She domnated £350 to East Durham Girls’ football team and the rest to the RVI.

The Shotton Hall Academy pupil, who recently received a award from the North East Ambulance Service for her bravery, is donating £350 of the amount to the football team she plays for, East Durham Girls, and the rest to the RVI.

Since then, the youngster has made hundreds of visits to the hospital for treatment and to get help with kidney, bladder and urine infections she has picked up.

But it was after a trip to the ward before Christmas when Anne-Marie was rushed to hospital with severe back pains that she decided she would launch her fund-raising drive to help others.

Anne-Marie, who plays hockey, mixed hockey, netball and football, said: “I decided I really wanted to help people in the RVI who had the same problems.

“When I was little they told me I would need a transplant one day so I wanted to help people who are going through that now.”

Anne-Marie, of Shotton, organised a fund-raiser at Shotton Comrades Club, which raised a staggering £1,600.

The Shotton Hall Academy pupil, who recently received a award from the North East Ambulance Service for her bravery, is donating £350 of the amount to the football team she plays for, East Durham Girls, and the rest to the RVI.

And dad Gordon is expected to raise further funds when he take part in an It’s a Knockout style tournament at Peterlee Carnival with colleagues form Country Style Foods in Peterlee.

The 49-year-old said: “She has been absolutely amazing through all this and despite everything still manages to put other people first.

“She really is a special child and would honestly help anyone if they needed it.

“She has her ups and downs and good days and bad but that’s like any normal child.

“We’re very very proud of her.”

Anne-Marie said she would like to thank everyone for their support.