Kidney girl helps fellow patients

TOP TEAM: Anne-Marie Banks (second right) with mum Susan, dad Gordon and sister Zoe, all wearing East Durham under-13 girls football strips which Anne-Marie bought with fundraising
TOP TEAM: Anne-Marie Banks (second right) with mum Susan, dad Gordon and sister Zoe, all wearing East Durham under-13 girls football strips which Anne-Marie bought with fundraising
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A SCHOOLGIRL battling life-long kidney problems has put aside her own fight to help fellow patients.

Anne-Marie Banks, 13, will one day need a transplant and has to rely on aids to help with body functions after medics found her kidneys do not work properly when she was just three-months-old.

But the brave youngster is determined to put her own health to one side to help others who receive treatment at Newcastle’s RVI hospital, where Anne-Marie has been for treatment hundreds of times after suffering with kidney, bladder and urine infections.

It was after a trip to the hospital before Christmas when Anne-Marie was rushed to hospital with severe back pains that she decided she would launch her fundraising drive to help others.

Anne-Marie, who plays hockey, netball and football, said: “I decided I really wanted to help people in the RVI who had the same problems.

“When I was little they told me I would need a transplant one day so I wanted to help people who are going through that now.”

Anne-Marie, of Shotton Colliery, organised a fundraiser at Shotton Comrades Club, which raised a staggering £1,600.

The Shotton Hall Academy pupil, who recently received a award from the North East Ambulance Service for her bravery, is donating £350 of the sum to the football team she plays for, East Durham Girls, and the rest to the RVI.

Dad Gordon is expected to raise further funds when he take part in an It’s a Knockout style tournament at Peterlee Carnival with colleagues from Country Style Foods, in Peterlee.

The 49-year-old said: “She has been absolutely amazing through all this and despite everything still manages to put other people first.

“She really is a special child and would honestly help anyone if they needed it.

“She has her ups and downs and good days and bad, but that’s like any normal child.

“We’re very very proud of her.”

Anne-Marie said she would like to thank everyone who has helped her for their support.