Taking a leap of faith for the Irish Kidney Association

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Julie Kerr and Derek Walsh are taking the plunge this August and taking part in a skydive to raise money and awareness for the Irish Kidney Association Renal Support Centre.

Julie Kerr and Derek Walsh are taking the plunge this August and taking part in a skydive to raise money and awareness for the Irish Kidney Association Renal Support Centre.

Julie and Derek will take the leap, which will be over 10,000 feet, sometime in August in Clonbullogue, Co. Offaly

“Not many people know that the Kidney Association Renal Support Centre, based at Beaumont Hospital exists, unless they have needed it or know someone who has,” explained Derek, who is from Tallanstown.“The centre, which has been operating for seven years, is open all year round and provides free accommodation for all its patients and their familys.”

Julie, who is from Ardee, told the Democrat that the centre relies on donations and its volunteers to keep running on a day to day basis.

“This centre proved a great necessity to our family when we needed it the most but not only as a place to stay,” Julie told the paper, “it also provided a support network and a shoulder to lean on in hard times.”

The volunteers are amazing and willing to listen to each and every person who walks through their doors.

“We wanted to do something to give back to this amazing organization, but we wanted it to be something out of the ordinary that would catch people’s attention and hopefully urge them to donate to this great cause.”