I was working as the official photographer for World Kidney Day in Westminster on Thursday. This is an annual event, celebrated in 88 countries, to raise awareness of the importance of healthy kidneys and involves people with kidney disease, family, friends and healthcare professionals.
The day started with a ‘mini march’ over Westminster Bridge by some of the people involved in the day. Organisers Drew and Patti had filled out several reams of forms from Lambeth and Westminster Councils to get permission for us to stop in the middle of the bridge for a group photograph. As you can see the weather was bit murky but everyone looks pretty happy. In the front of the group is Seaford resident and award winning swimmer Michael Gates. Michael has had four kidney transplants and is a regular competitor in the British Transplant Games, to date he has won four gold, three bronze and two silver medals for swimming in the backstroke events. He has also raised thousand of pounds for Guy’s Hospital with collections and charity runs.
Michael is currently trying to raise funding for his trip to the World Transplant Games in August. All the competitors have had one or more transplants. If you would like to help you can contact him on 07752 489965.
The second part of the event took place in the House of Commons. MP’s were invited to come and listen to speeches and talk to participants. Lawrence Keogh, TV chef from BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, launched his Tasty Cookbook for World Kidney Day. Lawrence had a kidney transplant eight years ago and wanted to provide some tasty recipes for people affected by kidney disease.
The World Kidney Day website provides more information on kidney disease and local awareness raising events.
The World Kidney Day Team on Westminster Bridge
TV chef Lawrence Keogh and friends