Katie's Diary

Urgent Appeal to Help Kevin

19th March 2015


Kevin Bray, a young man supported by ubu in Middlesbrough, is poorly and needs help. A few weeks ago Kevin became seriously ill with a viral infection that led to heart failure. His medical team said that Kevin’s only chance of survival would be to receive a heart transplant.


Kevin is currently in Intensive Care at The Freeman Hospital in Newcastle undergoing a crucial procedure which will sustain his life whilst awaiting a heart transplant. On Thursday this week, Kevin will have a ventricular assistive device, or VAD, fitted to rest his heart, as currently he is too unwell for a transplant. Kevin is the first person with Downs Syndrome to have this operation at this hospital, and his health is very fragile.


The cost of the operation, the device, and the first year of care to the NHS is £250,000.  The Freeman Hospital’s Heart and Lung Transplant Fund covers the cost. Apart from the excellent care he receives, the Freeman also provide facilities which have allowed his mum to remain with him during this critical time. The family accommodation is funded entirely by charitable donations, and Kevin and his family want to raise money to repay the kindness and help future patients.


ubu’s Middlesbrough team have set up a fundraising page to help them raise money towards the cost of accommodation for families at the hospital which is funded entirely by charitable donations. Looking to the future, they would also like to continue the fundraising to provide an additional VAD at the Freeman.


The fundraising page is asking everyone from Kevin’s social circle and community to help raise money towards this goal including local shops, social clubs and day placements. Raising just 1% of the total needed will be an achievement but 5% would be amazing!

Follow this link to Kevin’s Go Fund Me Page: http://www.gofundme.com/p2rod4

The ubu team are asking everyone to share this link via social media and across their online communities. In just the first day, ubu has helped raise over £1200 and Kevin’s page has been widely shared on social media. It is a fantastic result and any amount contributed will make a massive difference to another critical patient’s life and their family.


ubu is also committed to encouraging as many people as possible to sign up to the donor register, as currently only a third of UK citizens are registered. More than 10,000 people in the UK currently need a transplant. Of these 3 will die every day while waiting for a transplant as there are not enough organs available. You can make a real difference by registering on the NHS Organ Donor Register. http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/


For more information on VADs and how they work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI6RYN0ja6Y

Urgent Appeal to Help Kevin

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