Flyers fans rally round for kidney charity

Flyers fans in whitewater rafting: from left Robert Stewart; Paul Walker; Paul Lawson; Cath Buchan; Robbie Craig and Lesley Herd
Flyers fans in whitewater rafting: from left Robert Stewart; Paul Walker; Paul Lawson; Cath Buchan; Robbie Craig and Lesley Herd
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A mad group of diehard Fife Flyers ice hockey fans is set to brave the elements to raise money for Kidney Research UK, for one of its members.

The four men and one woman are preparing to take part in a white-knuckle whitewater rafting trip next month from Aberfeldy – and they are hoping to raise lots for the worthy cause.

Cath Buchan (51), another staunch Flyers supporter, suffers from polycystic kidney disease, the most common type of kidney disease, in which fluid-filled cysts grow in both kidneys and can spread to other organs. The inherited condition affects 12.5 million people worldwide and over half will have kidney failure by the time they are 60.

At an ice hockey match at Braehead arena last year there was a collection held for Kidney Research and as Cath was wearing her kidney donor card sweatshirt at the time she got involved and became a co-ordinator for the event.

Following on from this, a group of her friends from the Flyers – Robbie Craig (34); Robert Stewart (38); Paul Walker (37); Paul Lawson (36) and Lesley Herd (28); volunteered to do a fundraiser for the charity.

Robbie explained: “I had already done a whitewater rafting event for another charity and it was great fun, so when Paul Lawson was asking for people to take part in this event, we all agreed.”

The event will take place on October 6 in Aberfeldy, and Cath, although unable to take part, will be there to cheer them on.

“It is so good of them to do this and I’m grateful to them all,” she said. “I’m hoping to have a collection at the ice rink to help cover their costs and to boost the total.

“As well as raising money it will help to raise the profile of the charity and maybe encourage more people to consider donating their organs to help someone else.”

The fans come from around Fife and beyond, with Robert Stewart from Motherwell and Lesley from Auchterarder.

Liz McGuinness, co-ordinator for Kidney Research UK, said: “Cath is a fantastic lady who, although is sometimes unwell, still does her best to raise awareness of kidney disease.

“The rafting event is going to be fantastic, with people from all over Scotland taking part and we only have three boats left to fill.”

If you would like to donate, you can do so via the Facebook page: www.kidneyresearchukevents.org/Flyers-fans.