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Armagh’s Hartford Friendship Club shows support for Kidney Care UK charity and organ donation

Organ donor and charity ambassador visits club members as part of awareness campaign

Hartford Friendship Club hosted Jo-Anne Dobson, Kidney Care UK Northern Ireland Ambassador
Jo-Anne Dobson, Kidney Care UK Northern Ireland Ambassador with the Chairperson Alex Stinson and members of Hartford Friendship Club at their most recent club meeting.

The members of Hartford Friendship Club hosted Jo-Anne Dobson, Kidney Care UK Northern Ireland Ambassador at their most recent meeting held at Armagh Masonic Hall.

Mrs Dobson, who 10 months ago donated a kidney to her son Mark, is travelling across Northern Ireland to explain her personal journey with organ donation, the needs of local kidney patients and the work of the charity to ensure that no-one is left to face kidney disease alone.

She said: “It was terrific to get the chance to bring the Kidney Care UK message of hope to patients to the members of Hartford Friendship Club and I want to thank them for their kind invite to join their meeting.

“When my son Mark was receiving his regular dialysis sessions at Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry he shared a ward with Matt Clarke who is a club member and was instrumental in arranging for me to attend their first meeting of 2019.

“I have a life-long passion for promoting organ donation and was delighted to take up the invitation to talk about donating a kidney to my son Mark as well as the life-saving and changing power of organ donation.

“I commend Club Chairperson Alex Stinson and his members for their long term support for the life-saving power of organ donation and thank them for kindly agreeing to host a coffee-morning to benefit kidney patients through the charity which will take place on Saturday 30 March in Armagh Masonic Hall.

“In my role as Ambassador for Kidney Care UK I am keen to get the opportunity to meet and speak with as many organisations as possible to spread the message that we all have it within us to be life-savers!

“Kidney Care UK has the backs of people affected by kidney failure and this fantastic support enables us to continue our vital work.”

If you can help support Kidney Patients in Northern Ireland in any way you can contact Jo-Anne Dobson by email at

You can find out how Kidney Care UK can support you or how you can get involved and support the charity by visiting

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