Lamb Jam: Saturday 25th June 

 

Raising money for Kidney Wales and Neuroendocrine Cancer

 

Our Charity Music Event

Lamb Jam will be coming to our Forage lawn at the end of June to raise awareness and money for both Kidney Wales and Neuroendocrine Cancer UK. Through live local bands, food and drink, fun and games on the lawn and a fantastic charity raffle we invite you to join us in aid of these wonderful charities. 

Find out more about how your involvement in this event could help make a difference to those affected by reading Dewi’s story and experience below.

 

Hi Dewi! Please introduce yourself for our readers.

My name is Dewi Harris, I’m 29 years old and I’m an agricultural engineer and arable specialist. After finishing at Cowbridge Comprehensive in year 11, I started an agricultural engineering apprenticeship with Lackham College and Benton Agricultural Services. For the last 7 years, I’ve been working for Penllyn Estate Farm and I love it.

In as much or as little detail as you’re comfortable with, can you share your story? 

I’ve always known that I’ve had one kidney that didn’t develop properly and so have lived with just one which worked at about 80% efficiency. In late 2016, I had been feeling unwell for some time and found out that my only existing kidney was failing.

From February 2017, when I was 23 years old, I was undergoing kidney dialysis three – four times a week and was listed for a kidney transplant. This was a very stressful time in my life as I was tied to the dialysis machine and it was a struggle to leave home for more than three days at a time. In December, 2018, I received a phone call offering me a kidney transplant. I’d given this a lot of thought over the previous two years, so it was a relatively quick decision at the time to undergo the surgery.

After 6 hours in the operating theatre, I had had a successful transfer, however, 3 months later blood test results were showing that my new kidney was not functioning correctly and I had to accept further treatment to fight the rejection. Thankfully, this kidney is now stable and I have routine checks every couple of months knowing that at some point again in my life, I will have to have another kidney transplant.

I feel very lucky to be living my life freely but there are some small side affects (headaches, fatigue) and dietary conditions so it’s always there in the back of my mind.  

 

How have you interacted with Kidney Wales in the past, and what support do they offer to people with kidney disease?

At every stage of my diagnosis, Kidney Wales have been there to offer support and information about the disease and options available to me. The charity offers a whole range of services including information sharing, mental wellbeing and financial support as well as aiding ongoing scientific studies and developments in kidney disease. I found this service invaluable when I was first diagnosed.

 

What was the biggest challenge with dealing with your illness? 

My biggest challenge was not being able to operate at my full potential whilst undergoing dialysis treatment, yet the thought of the operation not going well was scary, so this was a hard decision which I was forced to make.  

 

Do you know how many other men, women and children who suffer from the condition in Wales? 

Approximately, 20,000 people in Wales live with this disease. I have a couple of friends with the condition – one who is going through dialysis and waiting for a transplant, and another who has more recently had a transplant.

 

How long does a patient typically wait for a transplant? 

When I went through the process it was 18 months to 2 years but now I believe that this is considerably longer due to Covid19. 

 

How much of a difference has the transplant made to your life? 

It has changed my life immeasurably.

Before, I couldn’t live my life normally due to needing to be close to the dialysis machine and due to the horrendous symptoms. The main symptoms included fatigue, sickness and headaches which intensified between the treatments. I am so pleased to be living relatively normally for now with my new kidney! 

 

Why do you think holding charity events, like Lamb Jam, is important? 

To raise awareness and funds so that a charity like Kidney Wales can continue their invaluable work. Without this charity, many people would really struggle to live life with kidney disease. It’s so important that people are aware of how  important it is to donate their organs to save and improve lives.

 

Which raffle prize would you most like to win at Lamb Jam?  

Definitely the Six Nations tickets!

 

Lamb Jam promises to be an unforgettable night of great food, music and entertainment.

To view the full list of amazing charity raffle prizes and buy your tickets to the event, click the button below.

 

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