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'Mad Nads Kidney Machine' raises £1000 to benefit renal patients in the South West


Mad Nads Kidney Machine


Nadine Ridge, from Somerset, has raised over £1000 for the Exeter Kidney Unit Trust Fund at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital thanks to her newly customised scooter. The 1961 Lambretta LI 150, or ‘Mad Nads Kidney Machine’ as she calls it, has been decorated with images and information about kidney health to help raise awareness of chronic kidney disease.

Nadine’s father Michael has been diagnosed with kidney failure and is currently being treated at an outreach clinic of the RD&E in Taunton. Nadine was keen to help raise the profile of kidney problems and to encourage others to look after their kidneys better. “You always hear about cancer and other illnesses, but you don’t always hear about kidney failure” said Nadine. “So I wanted to raise awareness of how to spot the signs of kidney failure and to explain to people that you need to look after yourself. I thought decorating my scooter would make people interested and make them want to do their own research.” 

Since March this year, Nadine has been attending scooter rallies across the country and abroad with her scooter club, ‘The Scootermaniacs’,  to raise funds for the Kidney Unit. With the help of her club, Nadine has been holding raffles, putting on cream teas and making English breakfasts at rallies for hungry scooter enthusiasts.

Following the decoration of her scooter in June, Nadine also organised an Open Day in Dawlish with John Hooper from Killerpaint, who had sprayed the murals. Joined by family and friends they had a scooter ride out to Teignmouth and organised a custom show for the best looking scooter.

Nadine has raised over £1000 for the Exeter Kidney Unit Trust Fund to date. She recently visited staff at the Exeter Kidney Unit at the RD&E to hand over the cheque and show off her newly decorated scooter.

Nadine added: “I wanted to raise money for the unit because I wanted to make sure that the money benefitted local people in the South West. I will continue to raise money for the kidney unit at scooter rallies and the Scootermaniacs have an event planned for October in Minehead.  I aim to raise enough money to buy a Haemo machine one day.”

Dr Chris Mulgrew, Consultant Nephrologist at the RD&E said: “We were delighted to welcome Nadine to the unit and to see the expertly-decorated scooter which has been used to raise awareness of kidney disease and raise money for the Exeter Kidney Unit Trust Fund.  Public awareness of chronic kidney disease (CKD), dialysis and kidney transplantation is still limited, despite the significant impact this condition has on the lives of patients and their families and carers.  As a result of the generosity of Nadine and her numerous donors (many of whom are listed on the moped itself), the money raised will go towards further improving the quality of care delivered to patients under the care of Exeter Kidney Unit, and to improve the quality of life of our patients with CKD and on dialysis.

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